Police Injured In Morning Scuffle

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Two Payson police officers, and a 16-year-old male were injured early Tuesday morning after the teenage suspect attempted to flee an arrest, Police Commander Don Engler said.

Officer Michelle Dyer sustained a broken nose, a twisted knee and a sprained wrist. Sgt. Don Garvin received a hip injury, bruises and abrasions. The 16-year-old suspect sprained his wrist as the officers attempted to subdue him, Engler said.

The incident began after the officers were dispatched to the 200 block of West Wade Lane to investigate reports that a group of teens were throwing rocks and firecrackers.

Two 16-year-old males, Tiffany M. Hack, 18, and Brent A. Kamarad, 19, were arrested.

Police charged one 16-year-old with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, false reporting, underage consumption, minor in possession and possession of tobacco; and the other 16-year-old with underage consumption. Hack was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, underage consumption, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Kamarad was charged with underage consumption, possession of marijuana, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Both Hack and Kamarad were booked into Gila County jail and released. One 16-year-old was released to his parents and the other was transferred to Globe.

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