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3 Mansfield police officers treated for minor injuries after man flees from traffic stop

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 13:28:46-04

MANSFIELD, Ohio — A man was jailed Tuesday evening for injuring three police officers during a traffic stop in Mansfield and then fleeing from the scene.

According to the Mansfield Police Department, Luke A. Porter, 34, is charged with abduction, felonious assault on a peace officer and failure to comply.

Mansfield police said that Tuesday night just after 8 p.m., officers pulled over a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica in the 600 block of North Main Street for a license plate violation.

Officers spoke to Porter and a female passenger who was in the front seat. Porter, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, turned the car back on and then threw it in reverse. The officers were injured when Porter backed the Pacifica into them, authorities said.

Porter continued to back up, then struck a police cruiser. He then put the car in gear and drove off at a high rate of speed, authorities said.

Porter headed northbound on State Route 13 until he turned off the road and careened through several farm fields before abandoning the car, authorities said.

Officers chased Porter on foot and he was apprehended in the 200 block of Baseline Road West in nearby Shiloh, authorities said.

The female passenger later told officers that she tried to get out of the car when Porter initially drove off, but he grabbed her hair and yanked her back into the vehicle. A person who witnessed the incident corroborated the woman's story, authorities said.

According to Mansfield police, the officers sustained minor injuries.

Following the arrest, Porter was taken to the Richland County Jail.

The matter remains under investigation.