Man accused of hitting CHP officer, fleeing, charged with assault on a peace officer

MURRIETA (CNS) - A 41-year-old convicted felon accused of hitting a California Highway Patrol officer while fleeing a traffic stop just east of Hemet, leading to a brief chase, was charged today with assault on a peace officer using a deadly weapon. Richard Scott Stewart of Riverside was arrested Monday after the alleged assault on Chicago Avenue near Ballew Way in Valle Vista. Along with the assault count, Stewart is charged with felony evading, driving on a suspended license and probation violations. He was being held on $100,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. According to the CHP, about 5:10 p.m. Monday, the patrolman, whose identity was not dis
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