Preliminary information from Arkansas State Police and the Damascus Police Department indicates a man involved in a traffic stop on Highway 65 just south of Clinton has been hospitalized following a pursuit with police.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said state police initiated a traffic stop at 2:06 p.m., and the subject refused to comply with a trooper's command to exit his vehicle.

Sadler said the subject drove away, knocking the trooper to the ground. The trooper was not injured, he said.

"Our preliminary understanding is that local authorities in Van Buren County pursued the vehicle, and the individual stopped near Damascus. At that point I can't confirm anything beyond that he pulled over. They're still working at the scene. Gun shots were fired and that's all I know at the moment," Sadler said.

Damascus Police Department division chief Randy Spencer said the subject fired rounds at a deputy while driving.

Spencer said the subject was injured when "a truck went on him."
The subject's identity was not released by authorities just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Sadler said state police were awaiting a conference call with the trooper at the scene and the trooper's supervisor.

"This is very preliminary and I can't authenticate this information," Sadler said.

Van Buren County Sheriff's Office officials did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.