Police: Driver assaulted officer during traffic stop, fled scene

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 4:21 PM

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer was assaulted during a traffic stop Saturday morning, police said.

According to police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson, the officer stopped a car near 19th Avenue and Bell Road.

The officer tried to arrest the driver and the driver pushed him, Thompson said.

The officer injured his back and was taken to a hospital.

Thompson said the driver fled the scene and police are searching for him.

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