Ark. police officer injured during traffic stop

Ark. officer hit by car during traffic stop

STUTTGART, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Stuttgart police officer working part-time for the city of Humphrey was injured on Monday morning during a traffic stop at the southern edge of the community along U.S. Highway 79.

Arkansas State Troopers were notified of the incident about 7:30 a.m. Sergeant Seneca Thornton, 36, of Stuttgart was struck by a southbound vehicle as Thornton approached a vehicle he had stopped.

Thornton’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

“He got his head scratched up a little bit and broke his leg, but appears to be in good spirits,” said Stuttgart Police Chief Keith Connell.  “We’ll see him in a few days after he gets done.  It takes a lot to get Thornton down, and he’s doing good.

The driver of the suspect vehicle crashed into a ditch south of the traffic stop. Both men were transported to area hospitals.

An investigation by both the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division is underway.

"There's always that inherent danger, especially in today's climate.  Luckily people here have shown great support in Stuttgart," said Connell. 


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