Published: Aug 23, 2010 3:52 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2010 12:52 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Clearwater man struggled with two officers and then tried to run them over after being stopped for a traffic infraction.

Clearwater police pulled over 34-year-old Timothy L. Green early Sunday. Investigators say an officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and patted Green down for weapons.

Authorities say the suspect struck the officer in the face. The officer deployed his Taser, but investigators say Green continued to batter the officer and a backup officer.

Police say Green got back into the driver's seat of his vehicle, backed up and attempted to run the officers over. He fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into a cement poll.

Green has been charged with battery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.