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      Manhunt underway for driver who fled traffic stop

      A manhunt started Thursday afternoon for a man who assaulted a state trooper after a traffic stop.

      A ccording to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a trooper pulled over 42 year old Patrick Hammond from Lorain on I-280 at 2 pm Thursday. The trooper noticed what appeared to be a gun and ordered the 42 year old to keep his hands in plain sight. Hammond pushed the trooper and tried to take his gun and then fled into bushes near the highway.

      After searching the area, police found a . 38 caliber handgun belonging to Hammond . A massive search was triggered on the ground with multiple police agencies and in the air with planes searching for the suspect.

      T he trooper who pulled over Hammond was not injured. Police towed away Hammond's vehicle for further investigation.

      S tate patrol says Patrick Hammond is a black male, weighs 200 pounds, is 6-2 with brown eyes and black hair. If you have information on his whereabouts call police.