The Associated Press
STEVE LYTTLE- Traffic stops turned into altercations involving Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers twice overnight, with one officer suffering minor injuries.Police say the occupant of a vehicle stopped by an officer about 3:15 a.m. hit the patrolman and then attempted to run away. The officer used a taser to stop the suspect, who was hospitalized for treatment of the taser.
The police officer, who was not identified, suffered a bruised face.
The incident happened in the 4400 block of Tuckaseegee Road, near Ashley Road and Interstate-85.
The other incident happened in the 4200 block of Monroe road shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say that when they stopped a vehicle occupied by three people, a passenger in the front of the car jumped from the vehicle and began running away.
A foot chase ensued, and when officers caught the suspect, he began fighting with them. A taser was used on the suspect, who was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Police said they found two handguns in the vehicle.
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