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Motorist Assaults Officer

INDEPENDENCE -- An Independence man was arrested on Sunday after a bizarre and violent altercation with local law enforcement during which he used his vehicle to ram a police cruiser.

Jose Flores-Oviedo, 28, faces a long list of criminal charges, including assault on a public safety officer, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, attempted assault in the first degree, and three counts each of menacing and criminal mischief in the first degree.

Flores-Oviedo is currently lodged on a $158,000 security at Polk County Jail.

One Independence officer, Roger Lloyd, suffered a shoulder injury when his vehicle was hit.

Independence police received reports of a man driving erratically in the 600 block of G Street about 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, officials said.

Lloyd arrived to find Flores-Oviedo throwing articles of clothing out the front of door of a house at 623 G Street. The home's owner said he didn't know Flores-Oviedo or give him permission to enter, officials said.

Flores-Oviedo made a gun-like pose with his hands and gestured toward Lloyd, who had stepped forward to confront him. He then got into his car, which he'd parked in the home's driveway, and started the engine.

He drove into Lloyd's patrol car -- with the officer now inside -- head on.

Flores-Oviedo exited his car and was subsequently stunned with a Taser gun fired by Lloyd. But he managed to climb back into the car and drove around the home, running over a fence and hitting two more cars before stopping.

Monmouth officers and Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrived and helped subdue Flores-Oviedo.

Independence Police Officer Pete Roy said Flores-Oviedo had been arrested the previous night for a disturbance at a local dance. Officials could not determine whether Flores-Oviedo was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics during the Sunday incident.

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