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Portsmouth police officer hurt by suspect fleeing traffic stop

Police are asking people who may have caught the incident on surveillance or doorbell cameras to please come forward with their video.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A traffic stop ended with a police officer hurt.

Investigators said the officer pulled over a car around 6 p.m. Wednesday. That car turned out to be stolen out of Norfolk.

The officer attempted to take the driver into custody, and that's when the driver took off with the officer still partially inside the vehicle.

They ended up crashing near the 2000 block of Elm Avenue. The suspect got away, and was last seen driving westbound on Lincoln Street away from the scene. 

He was described as a thin Black man between the ages of 16 and 20, who had his hair in short dreads and was wearing black clothes.

Investigators say the officer, who suffered a lower-body injury, is expected to be OK.

A spokesperson initially said the officer was taken to a hospital, but later said that wasn't true. Victoria Varnedoe, the department's public information officer, said their injuries were minor.

Police are now asking anyone who may have video of the incident from doorbell cameras or surveillance video to please submit it to this online link.

If you have any information that can help police with their investigation, you're asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. You can also submit a tip online at P3Tips.com.