GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Authorities say police shot and wounded a motorist who hit an officer with his car outside a Southern California motel.

Police Lt. Carl Whitney says a white Honda Accord began to speed away as two officers on foot patrol approached early Sunday in Garden Grove.

Whitney says one of the officers was hit by the car and that’s when police opened fire. He says the Honda’s driver was shot several times and hospitalized.

The officer was released after being treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

Whitney says two passengers in the car were not hurt and are cooperating with detectives.