Anniston police Sgt. Josh Doggrell said an officer at a traffic signal at the intersection of Noble Street and Blue Mountain Road witnessed a speeding car head west on Blue Mountain Road and pulled the car over for a traffic violation around 6:30 p.m. Doggrell said a backup officer responded to the scene and smelled alcohol in the vehicle and saw an open alcohol container in the car.
While attempting to get a passenger in the car out of the vehicle, the driver drove off, striking the officer at the scene, Doggrell said.
Neither officer was injured, according to the police report.
Police found the abandoned vehicle close by shortly after the incident, Doggrell said, and took the car as evidence.
Doggrell said the officers were able to get the identity of the man before he drove off, and expect to get warrants for his arrest on assault and traffic violation charges later today.
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