Update: 3 Batesville PD officers hit by vehicle Tuesday still recovering

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – Three police officers injured when a car hit them earlier this week are still recovering.

That’s according to the Batesville Police Department chief.

The chief says two of the officers are out of the hospital and the other is still hospitalized for observation.

The officers were arresting a man after a traffic stop along Harrison Street late Tuesday night when the suspect started to fight with them.

The officers were struck as another car drove by the scene.

Arkansas State Police investigators are looking into the car crash.


BATESVILLE, Ark. – Three officers with the Batesville Police Department (BPD) are recovering after being struck by a car late Tuesday night.

Information released Wednesday afternoon identified them as Sgt. Brenda Bittle, 52 (a 30+ year veteran officer), Patrolman Jordan Akins, 33 (an 8 year officer) and Patrolman Amber Branscum, 34 (a 3 year officer).

The BPD says all are being treated at in different hospitals and describe their condition as stable.

The officers were struck as they were taking a suspect into custody following a traffic stop which was followed by a struggle. It happened in the 2300 block of Harrison St. and State Highway 69.

The traffic stop suspect has been identified as Tadd Alan Gates, 26. The BPD says he is a previously convicted felon.

The officers were in the outside lane of Harrison St./State Hwy. 69 taking Gates into custody when a passing car failed to see the officers in the traffic lane and struck them.

Original story:

BATESVILLE, Ark. – Three officers with the Batesville Police Department (BPD) have been injured after making a traffic stop.

The BPD says the officers were in the process of taking a driver of a stopped vehicle into custody when another vehicle hit them.

It happened around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday on Harrison St. in front of Sears.

The injured officers were taken to the White River Medical Center for treatment.

There’s no word on their condition and the incident is still under investigation.

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