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Amazing dashcam video shows car hit Mich. officer

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A simple traffic stop goes wrong in Jackson County, Michigan, and it's all caught on tape. It happened early last Saturday morning when an officer stopped a man for speeding. It started right across the street from the Columbia Township police department on Jefferson Road in Brooklyn.

Amazingly officer Rick Rodden is fine. In fact, after he was hit, the chief of police says officer Rodden finished his shift and filed paperwork in the case before going to the doctor. He was given a clean bill of health and has been back at work. When you see what he went through it's hard to believe he wasn't seriously hurt.

It starts with a simple traffic stop at 6:30am, Saturday, April 20th right across the street from the Columbia Township Police Department. Police say the video shows Matthew Scott Oyler immediately getting out of his car after being pulled over for speeding. Officer Rodden asks Oyler to get back in the car.

The officer follows him back to the car and Chief David Elwell says that's when Oyler takes off, "The driver was pretty angry. The officer stood in front of the car and that's when the driver put it in gear and hit the officer, running him down the driver side of the car."

Officer Rodden chases Oyler for a couple miles before they hit a dead end. The video shows Oyler turning around and heading for the cruiser, "The driver does a U-turn and the officer comes to a stop off the road to get out of his way. That's when the driver comes at him and hits the driver's side of both cars with my officer stopped."

It doesn't end there, Oyler takes off again and finally comes to a stop in his front yard, "The officer could see he had nothing in his hands that posed a threat. The suspect refused to obey so the officer tased him and took him into custody."

According to Chief Elwell, Oyler was not drunk, but he says it's clear he has some serious anger issues, "It is typically domestic violence situations that are the most dangerous but with traffic stops, you never know what's on their mind or what issue they've got. Many times that's when they fly out of control. The officer did a great job with the situation."

The Chief says Oyler is being held in the Jackson County jail on four felonies including assaulting a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon.

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