Cedar Park officer assaulted during traffic stop

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A Cedar Park police officer is recovering after he was allegedly assaulted during a 3:14 a.m. traffic stop on Dec. 30.

According to the Cedar Park Police Department, the officer pulled over 30-year-old Nicholas Curtis for not having a rear license plate on his TaoTao Moped. Curtis allegedly abandoned his bike at South Cougar Avenue and Brushy Creek Road and fled the scene on foot. The officer, who has not yet been identified, ran after Curtis. The suspect reportedly was “physically combative including attempting to strangle” the officer. He was also allegedly armed with “numerous edged weapons.”

A statement issued by the department said that the officer used his Taser on Curtis in an effort to subdue him. Two back up officers arrived within 90 seconds of hearing the call for help, but Curtis allegedly continued to be combative as he was taken into custody.

The Cedar Park Police Department said that Curtis has an active parole violation warrant. According to records from Williamson County Jail, Curtis is being held on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, aggravated assault against a public servant and possession of a controlled substance.

Police said the officer who was assaulted was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and is recovering at home.

“This incident and incidents like it are a reminder of how dangerous policing can be and how quickly a situation can turn.  It is also an example of the immense dedication our officers have to protecting this community even when it requires risking their own lives,” Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix said. “I am so proud of everyone for their professionalism and for the decisive resolution of an encounter where use of lethal force was a very real and reasonable possibility. This kind of quiet heroism is reflective of not only the Cedar Park Police Department, but police departments across America.” 

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