PORTSMOUTH -- Police have arrested a man they say 'assaulted a Portsmouth Police officer with his vehicle' during a traffic stop Tuesday.

According to police spokeswoman Misty Holley, an officer pulled over 38-year-old Curtis L. Hare around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Western Branch Boulevard and Rodman Avenue.

'As the officer stood by the driver's side door of the vehicle, [Hare] put the vehicle in reverse and proceeded to turn into the direction of the officer. The driver knocked the officer back off her feet, struck her marked police vehicle and then fled the area,' Holley said in a press release.

The officer suffered only minor injuries.

Warrants were secured against Hare for felony hit and run, felony destruction of property, assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and driving on a suspended license.

Hare was taken into custody just after 8:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Lindsay Ave.

Hare also has numerous 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.

The gray 4-door Mitsubishi driven by Hare should have damage to the rear driver's side quarter panel, driver's door and front quarter panel on the driver's side, Holley said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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