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Oak Grove PD says officer hit in face during traffic stop

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Posted at 2:53 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 15:53:38-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Oak Grove Police Department said an officer is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after being struck in the face during a traffic stop.

In a post on its Facebook page, Oak Grove police said an officer pulled a vehicle over on the entrance ramp to WB I-70 from Broadway for an inoperative headlight and expired license plates.

The post said the driver got out of the vehicle and approached the officer with his hands in his pockets and was not complying with verbal instructions. The man then allegedly leaned into his car for an unknown reason and came out with a cell phone in his hand. 

The driver told the officer he didn't believe the reason he was pulled over. When the officer took him to the front of his vehicle to show him the inoperative headlight, the driver allegedly turned and struck the officer in the face. The officer then attempted to control the driver, which led to a physical confrontation, which lasted until assisting officers arrived. 

The officer was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries and released. He will require follow-up care. 

Police said the driver received "minor abrasions" and was taken into custody. He has not yet been charged.