Rapid City officer assaulted in early morning traffic stop
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City Police officer was injured during an early morning Thanksgiving traffic stop that turned violent.
The incident began when officers spotted a car traveling the wrong way on Saint Joseph Street. The vehicle continued until it ran over a concrete island at the intersection of West Main Street and Jackson Boulevard.
Police believe the impact ruptured the gas tank because the car caught fire.
Two people and a dog got out of the car once it came to a stop. Officials say that the driver tried running from the scene, but police intercepted him. From there the driver began fighting officers with a knife, stabbing one in the hand before officers were able to subdue him with a taser.
James Richmond, faces numerous charges including aggravated assault, eluding and driving under the influence. The female passenger of the vehicle was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
The injured officer was treated at the hospital and was later released.