Police: Driver assaulted officer during traffic stop, fled scene

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

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.