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St. Paul police officer assaulted, suffers broken nose and concussion

The officer was attempting to help an allegedly impaired man get to the side of the road.
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A sergeant with the St. Paul Police Department was working traffic detail just after midnight Friday morning when he pulled over a driver and wound up injured from an assault. 

According to the department, Sgt. Alex Graham stopped a driver for speeding at Larpenteur Ave. and Dale St. at 12:30 a.m., and once the driver stopped he immediately exited his vehicle and appeared "unsteady on his feet." 

Graham, concerned that man could step into oncoming traffic, tried to help him walk to the shoulder. But while doing so, the man, whose age hasn't been released, went toward's Graham's squad vehicle. Graham tried to get the man to go to the side of the road, and he attempted to keep him on his feet as "appeared to lose his balance," a statement from St. Paul PD said. 

At that point, Graham grabbed the guy's arm to prevent him from falling. As soon as Graham did that, the man "spun against the squad and started to aggressively come at the sergeant."

"The male punched Sgt. Graham in the face causing him to fall backwards onto the ground and strike his head. Sgt. Graham did use a chemical irritant on the male which had little effect. The male continued punching Sgt. Graham as he lay on the ground," the release said. 

Graham suffered a broken nose and a concussion and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. 

Eventually, a police officer from Roseville used an electronic control device to stop the assault, which led to both officers taking the man into custody. 

The man was taken to Regions Hospital "due to his erratic behavior," and he's now facing charges for assault of a peace officer and driving under the influence. 

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