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Police: Cop almost hit by fleeing driver during traffic stop

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The damaged home that Rice is accused of crashing into. (Oct. 25, 2012/FOX Carolina) The damaged home that Rice is accused of crashing into. (Oct. 25, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Dwight Rice (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Dwight Rice (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Police said they arrested a driver accused of trying to run over an officer during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

A Spartanburg Public Safety report stated that about 9:50 p.m. an officer stopped a car along North Church Street in the parking lot of the Sunshine Inn when he recognized the car was linked to a man wanted by the county in connection with a domestic violence situation.

After pulling the driver over and talking with him and his passenger for a few minutes, police said the driver became nervous and decided to flee, turned around in the lot and drove directly at the officer, who had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

As the car tried to flee, one of the officers pulled his gun and shouted repeatedly at him to stop, as seen on police dash cam video.

SLIDESHOW: Dash cam video shows chase, crash

The driver hit the rear door of the patrol car as he fled away, but the officers were able to follow the car, the report said. The driver lost control of his car and crashed at the intersection of College and North Forest streets, driving into the front porch of a home along North Forest Street, police said.

Police said the driver and his passenger jumped from the wrecked vehicle, but the driver was caught by the officers. They said the passenger got away. No one was reported injured during the chase and crash, the report said.

Police arrested Dwight Rice, 41, and charged him with aggravated assault, failure to stop for blue lights and reckless driving along with the outstanding warrants for criminal domestic violence, grand larceny and car breaking. He is being held by on a total $47,445 bond.

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