Man charged after Osage Beach police officer hit by car

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Friday, May 01 2015 May 1, 2015 Friday, May 01, 2015 4:14:19 PM CDT May 01, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

OSAGE BEACH (AP) - A man is facing charges after a police officer was hit by a pickup truck during a traffic stop in southwest Missouri.

Camden County authorities said Friday 58-year-old Robert Watkins of Linn Creek was charged with two counts of vehicular assault on a law enforcement officer and failure to yield when approaching an emergency vehicle displaying its emergency lights.

The Osage Beach officer, 27-year-old Austin White, was injured Thursday during a traffic stop. Police said Watkins was driving a truck that first hit a law enforcement car before hitting White and then hitting another truck.

Osage Beach police said White was improving Friday. University Hospital told KOMU 8 News the officer was in good condition.

Watkins is held in the Camden County Jail on $100,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

[Editor's note: this story has been changed from its original format to include information from University Hospital.]

 

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