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Two arrested in Santa Rosa traffic-stop brawl with police

A traffic stop involving a suspected drunken driver resulted in injuries to two officers when a passenger in the car initiated a fight with them, Santa Rosa Police reported.

Police said they stopped the car shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of South E Street because the driver, Korynn Stewart of Santa Rosa, 34, exhibited signs of intoxication.

After determining she was driving under the influence, they placed her in handcuffs. But her passenger, Joseph Michael Simmons of Santa Rosa, 32, became confrontational and attempted to free her, police said.

"He became involved in a physical fight with officers," said Sgt. David Linscomb, who added that Stewart, the driver, also began to struggle with the officers.

Simmons broke free from one officer, and as a second struggled to control Stewart, he kicked that officer in the face, police said.

Officers used a baton and Taser electronic control device to bring the two suspects into custody.

The officer who was kicked received significant injuries to her legs, arms, face and head and was treated at the hospital, along with the two suspects who had head and torso injuries, according to police.

None of the injuries were considered life threatening.

The second officer reportedly had minor head and hand injuries.

Simmons, who was admitted to the hospital, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Stewart was facing charges of felony resisting arrest and driving under the influence, according to police.


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