Lexington police officer assaulted and injured; suspect arrested

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A man was arrested after assaulting and injuring a Lexington police officer and then leading officers on a police chase, according to police.

Lexington police said Officer Brant Dennis tried to conduct a traffic stop Friday in the parking lot of Bass Food Mart at 817 Cotton Grove Road.

The suspect, Kareem Hisaun Williams, ignored the officer’s commands and got out of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and entered the store, according to police.

There was an altercation between the officer and the suspect and the suspect allegedly threatened and assaulted the officer.

Police said the suspect was able to get back into the car and flee the scene. Officer Dennis and other officers started chasing him, according to police.

The police chase ended in the parking lot of Char’s Hamburgers at 400 North Main St., according to police.

The suspect again tried ignoring officers, but was taken into custody by officers at the scene, according to police.

Police said a small child was in the backseat of the suspect’s car, strapped into a car seat. The child had been in the vehicle during the entire incident, according to police. Police did not say what the relationship between the suspect and the child was.

Officer Dennis suffered non-life threatening injuries that required medical treatment, according to police. He has been treated and released.

The suspect faces numerous charges including assault on a government official, communicating threats, resisting a public officer and misdemeanor child abuse. He was placed in the Davidson County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond.