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LOWELL -- A 64-year-old Dracut man is accused of assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop.

In Lowell District Court on Friday, Hossein Abolhassani, of 44 Brissette St., Dracut, pleaded not guilty to assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Police state in court documents that at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 12, Lowell police Officer Charles Manousos was in a cruiser monitoring traffic at the intersection of VFW Highway and Bridge street when Abolhassani, driving a gray Volvo, tried to get through the traffic light on the Cox Bridge but blocked traffic.

Manousos issued Abolhassani a citation, and as he was walking back to his cruiser, the officer alleges Abolhassani got out of his car and walked back to the cruiser.

Abolhassani allegedly began to loudly hurl profanities at the officer, court documents allege. The officer warned him to get back into his car or he'd be charged with disorderly conduct.

Abolhassani returned to his car. Manousos pulled his cruiser into traffic so Abolhassani could drive away in safety, but instead Abolhassani got out of his car and walked to the cruiser, again yelling profanities at the officer, court documents allege.

As Abolhassani got in the officer's face, Manousos grabbed his hand and tried to grab Abolhassani's arm, documents state. Abolhassani broke free and allegedly caught the officer in the chin, documents state.

During a struggle to handcuff Abolhassani, both men went to the ground. As the struggle continued, Abolhassani allegedly curled into the fetal position to avoid being handcuffed but was eventually handcuffed.

He was released on personal recognizance. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 10.

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