Two in custody after Pittsburgh officer injured during traffic stop

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Pittsburgh police have arrested a 19-year-old after they said he injured an officer during a traffic stop in Hazelwood this afternoon.

Police were still completing the paperwork tonight for Therman Smith Jr., but Zone 6 Lt. Shawn Malloy said he expects the teen will be charged with at least aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding an officer.

An officer stopped Mr. Smith, who was driving a black Nissan, for speeding in the 4300 block of Irvine Street about 4:40 p.m. and smelled an odor of marijuana, Lt. Malloy said. The lieutenant said Mr. Smith handed over some marijuana and then jumped back in the car and the officer tried to follow him and was instead dragged a short distance by the car.

Neither Lt. Malloy nor supervisors at the crime scene would confirm the identity of the injured officer, but other sources identified him as Raymond Strobel, a 20-year veteran of the force.

Lt. Malloy said the officer was treated for an elbow injury at UPMC Mercy and is expected to be released shortly.

Police found the car shortly after the incident near the intersection of Second and Greenfield avenues, but it was not occupied when they arrived. Within an hour, police took Mr. Smith and a woman into custody in Schenley Park, police said. Lt. Malloy said it was unclear tonight whether the woman will also be charged.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. Liz Navratil: First Published January 16, 2014 5:13 PM


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