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Officer hit by car following traffic stop

August 21, 2014
Associated Press

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a South Florida police officer was seriously injured when a suspect intentionally hit him after a traffic stop.

Boynton Beach police say an officer attempted to pull over a car driven by 26-year-old Byron Harris early Wednesday morning. Instead, police say Harris dumped a bag of white powder out the window and sped off.

A short time later, another officer was outside his marked patrol car, preparing to place stop sticks on the road, when authorities say Harris drove by and hit the officer. The chase eventually ended, but police say Harris and his passengers — 25-year-old Jeffrey Braswell and 18-year-old Ashley Hill — fought with officers.

The Palm Beach Post ( ) reports that Harris faces multiple charges, including aggravated battery on a law-enforcement officer. All three were charged with resisting arrest.


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post,



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