AR Police Officer Bitten, Punched During Traffic Stop

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - A Bethel Heights Police Department officer is recovering after  officials say he was bitten and punched by a man during a traffic stop.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday and sent Charleston Martin, 21, of Springdale, to jail.

Martin is accused of biting the officer on the forearm and punching him in the face.

Police say the officer had made a routine traffic stop on a vehicle with five men inside. The officer suspected they had marijuana inside the vehicle and asked them to get out of the car, according to the report.

As he began arresting Martin, the officer and Martin engaged in a fight while the four others ran away.

Martin is charged with battery, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia along with other charges. He is currently being held at the Benton County Sheriff's Office. 

Lowell, Cave Springs and Benton County officers all arrived on scene to help.

The officer and Martin were taken to Northwest Medical with minor injuries. The officer has returned to work. 

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