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Driver wanted for breaking police officer’s finger during traffic stop

Posted at 7:52 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 10:34:53-04

PETERSBURG, Va. — Police are searching for a man who they said injured a Petersburg officer during a traffic stop.

An officer conducted the traffic stop for a stop sign violation in the 100 block of Mecklenburg Street Tuesday morning, according to Petersburg Police. The vehicle was occupied by three people, one of whom was wanted by police.

Police said the driver, identified as 30-year-old Jermaine Antoine Coard, of Prince George County, pulled away from the traffic stop after providing the officer with false information.

Jermaine Antoine Coard (Petersburg Bureau of Police)

The officer’s hand became caught in the door when Coard slammed the door on the officer before pulling away, police said. The officer was attempting to take the suspect into custody.

Coard led police on a vehicle pursuit along E. Washington Street before he abandoned his vehicle and fled into the woods of the Petersburg Battlefield, police said.

The injured officer, who was able to free his hand, suffered a broken finger.

Coard was described as 6’6” tall, 240 pounds, with blonde dreads and a dark complexion.

If you have any information or know the whereabouts of Jermaine Coard, please contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212 or text the keyword pdcash followed by the tip and send to 274637.