Man in custody, charged with officer’s assault

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police have apprehended 38-year-old Curtis L. Hare of Portsmouth, who allegedly assaulted a police officer with his vehicle Tuesday morning.

Around 9:45 a.m., an officer with the Strategic Traffic Unit conducted a traffic stop on a gray Mitsubishi four-door vehicle with stolen license plates, according to Detective Misty Holley.

“As the officer stood by the driver’s side door of the vehicle, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and proceeded to turn into the direction of the officer,” Holley said. “The driver knocked the officer back off her feet, struck her marked police vehicle and then fled the area.”

More officers responded to the area, which was near the intersection of Western Branch Boulevard and Rodman Avenue. Their search for the suspect vehicle was unsuccessful.

The officer who was struck received minor injuries, Holley said.

Hare was taken into custody by the department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit in the 1200 block of Lindsay Avenue around 8:40 p.m., Holley said. He was charged with felony hit and run, felony destruction of property, assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, and driving on a suspended license.

Hare was also served multiple, unrelated outstanding warrants, including felony sale of stolen property, grand larceny, petit larceny, assault and battery, assault and battery of a family member, and attempt to commit a misdemeanor.

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