Kent police officer injured when cruiser rolls over leg during suspect arrest

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KENT, Ohio -- A Kent police officer was injured early Sunday morning while he was making an arrest.

According to the Kent Police Department, Officer Mitch Smith was driving on S. Water St. around the time that bars were closing when he saw a man punching and kicking another man. The suspect was in the road in front of a crowd of people. Officer Smith got out of his cruiser and pulled the suspect off of the victim and wrestled him to the ground.

At that time, Officer Smith's police cruiser rolled forward and over his leg.  Police are still investigating how that happened.

Smith was taken to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center where he was treated and released.

The suspect in the assault was arrested and charged.

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