Suspect Drags Police Officer with Car

Suspect Drags Police Officer with Car

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Sandra Yi ReportingSalt Lake City police are still looking for a man who dragged an officer early this morning, then sped off.

An officer first saw the suspect at about 1800 West and North Temple, at 3 o'clock this morning. Police say he was acting suspiciously, going in and out of a parking lot. Eventually the driver pulled over on a nearby street and turned off his car lights. That's when the officer approached him to ask him some questions.

Police say the suspect was very evasive and said he didn't have any ID. At one point the man rolled up his window half way and the officer reached in to keep the man from driving off. But the suspect started the car and drove away, dragging the officer about 10 to 15 feet.

Det. Dwayne Baird, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "There's no indication as to how far this driver would have gone with this officer hanging out the side of his car."

The suspect took off and led officers on a dangerous high-speed chase. At times speeds reached 90 miles an hour on downtown streets. It lasted about 10 minutes before officers called it off for safety reasons.

Officers found the car today but the suspect is still missing. He is described as a male, possibly Native American or Alaskan, 6' 2”, 170 pounds, thin build with long dark brown curly hair and brown eyes.

The car he was driving was not stolen and police are talking to the car's owner to see if he can identify the man. The suspect did tell the police officer that he had warrants and did not want to go to jail.

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