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Man charged after Missouri police officer hit by car

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) - A man is facing charges after a police officer was hit by a pickup truck during a traffic stop in southwest Missouri.

Camden County authorities announced Friday that 58-year-old Robert Watkins of Linn Creek was charged with two counts of vehicular assault on a law enforcement officer and failure to yield when approaching an emergency vehicle displaying its emergency lights.

The Osage Beach officer, 27-year-old Austin White, was injured Thursday during a traffic stop. Police say Watkins was driving a truck that first hit a law enforcement car before hitting White and then hitting another truck.

Osage Beach police said White was in stable condition and improving Friday.

Watkins is held in the Camden County Jail on $100,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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