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Trooper injured in Niagara Falls traffic stop that ends in drug arrest

Ron J. Bennett, 36, of Niagara Falls. (State Police)

NIAGARA FALLS - A state trooper dislocated his shoulder trying to arrest a man who fled a traffic stop Sunday morning on Eighth Street.

State police pulled over the driver of a 2005 Ford at about 12:45 a.m. for having tinted windows. While troopers interviewed the driver, identified as Ron J. Bennett, 36, of Niagara Falls, they saw narcotics in the vehicle, authorities said.

When Bennett was taken out of the vehicle to be arrested, he pushed one of the troopers to the ground. That trooper suffered a dislocated shoulder, police said. Another trooper chased Bennett and took him into custody.

Bennett had more than 10 grams of cocaine and more than 32 grams of crack cocaine in his possession, police said. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree assault causing injury to an officer, resisting arrest, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and aggravated unlicensed operation.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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