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Disabled Motorist Attacks Cop at Traffic Stop

Joel Perez is charged with aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer

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    A Miami cop says he narrowly avoided injury after a run-in with a disabled motorist who wasn't happy about getting a traffic ticket.

    Joel Perez, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer after he allegedly tried to run over the officer with his car.

    Perez, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, told the cop, "Someone is going to die today," before shifting his car in drive to ram the cop, police claim.

    The incident happened earlier this week near the intersection of NW 58th Street and NW 7th Avenue. Two cops stopped Perez for a moving violation and were about to give him a ticket and send the motorist on his way, a police report stated.

    But Perez, who was driving on a suspended license, started an argument and threatened to hit one of the cops with a metal stick he had inside the car, the report said. When the cop told Perez to shut off the car and step out of the vehicle, the angry man didn't comply, police said.

    He allegedly told the officer that he would have to shoot him. The officer then tried to reach inside the car to take the keys out of the ignition, but Perez hit him with the metal pipe, the report said.

    Perez was shot with a Taser, but that didn't stop him from putting the car in drive and driving toward the officers with the electrified prongs still inside him, the report stated.

    The cop jumped out of the way and narrowly missed being hit. Perez's wheelchair, which was strapped to the back of the car, fell off as he tried to make his getaway, police said.

    Police caught up with Perez a few blocks later.