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Man drags officer 250 feet before fleeing

A 36-year-old Toms River, New Jersey, man has been charged with aggravated assault on an officer after allegedly dragging a police officer for about 250 feet while fleeing a traffic stop. The officer had pulled the man over on suspicion of drunk driving, according to reports from the scene.

Authorities say the officer pulled the man over at about midnight on April 18. He pulled over into an elementary school parking lot. When the officer asked the man to exit the vehicle, the defendant allegedly put the car in gear and began to drive away quickly. The officer had reached into the vehicle to prevent the getaway. He clung to the driver's side door as the defendant attempted to speed away. The driver ultimately ended up dragging the officer for about 250 feet through the parking lot before he was thrown to the pavement. He then drove over a curb and a grassy area before escaping.

The officer suffered several injuries, including a fractured rib, bruised elbow and sprained knee.

Other officers were able to locate the man's car after he led them on a chase with speeds reaching 90 mph. The vehicle was abandoned, and the driver was found walking alongside the road. He resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody. The man faces a litany of charges, including aggravated assault on an officer, aggravated assault by auto, eluding and resisting arrest. It is not clear whether he will actually face DUI charges in connection with the incident.

Criminal defendants who have been arrested for such traffic violations should consider seeking the counsel of a qualified criminal attorney. These professionals can help you understand the charges filed against you, while helping you protect your rights and know your responsibilities before going into a courtroom. A qualified defense attorney can assist you throughout all stages of a criminal or DUI case, from initial arraignment to sentencing and appeal.

Source:  nj.com, "Brick police: Officer dragged 250 feet by motorist fleeing vehicle stop" Seth Augenstein, Apr. 25, 2013

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