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Largo police sergeant receives minor injuries during traffic stop

LARGO — A police sergeant suffered a broken ankle Monday morning while trying to subdue a man who fled from a traffic stop, then started fighting with officers when he was caught, authorities said.

Largo police Sgt. George Edmiston was treated and released from a local hospital after the incident, which occurred just before 7 a.m.

According to Largo police, Edmiston and other officers were working a traffic detail on 150th Avenue N when they stopped a speeding motorcycle driven by 32-year-old Justin Antoine Roberts. Officers looked up Roberts' driving history and found his license had been suspended in September for failure to pay fines, according to arrest reports.

Roberts fled the scene, but was caught a short distance away by Edmiston and two other Largo police officers, reports state.

After the officers handcuffed Roberts and were leading him to a police cruiser, Roberts began to struggle and tried to headbutt Edmiston, according to the reports.

As the three officers tried to subdue Roberts, he repeatedly kicked Edmiston and struck another officer in the arm, according to reports.

It is not clear if the sergeant's ankle was broken as a result of the kicks or during the "takedown maneuver," said Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux.

Roberts, of 15182 Verona Ave., Apt. B, in Clearwater, was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and driving on a suspended license.

On Tuesday afternoon, Roberts was being held in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $30,250 bail.

Largo police sergeant receives minor injuries during traffic stop 12/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 2:51pm]
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