A man in Cromwell, Connecticut who is currently going through a local detoxification program has been accused of dragging a police detective while fleeing in his car recently. The suspect is currently being held in police custody on a half million-dollar bond.
The suspect allegedly dragged the detective while trying to escape from police who had pulled him over for a traffic violation. According to reports, he is facing several charges that include interfering with a police officer during an investigation.
Narcotics detectives had originally tried to pull the suspect over for a relatively minor traffic violation. According to the report filed by police, the car he was driving, a silver Acura, did not have a correctly displayed front license plate and the suspect also tried to reverse his car illegally against traffic.
The officers signaled for the suspect to pull his vehicle to the side of the road. He did not comply right away but eventually pulled off to the side. He then refused to get out of the car when the officers instructed him to and began putting his car back into gear.
When one of the detectives tried to stop the suspect he began to struggle with him and then sped through the intersection just ahead of the site of the stop, dragging the detective who was still partially inside the driver side window.
The detective tried to gain control but could not and eventually had to swing his body fully into the car. The suspect stopped the car but refused to get out when instructed to do so by the detective. He was eventually pulled from the car and subdued by pursuing officers then taken into custody.
The other charges he faces include from moving violations to felonies:
- Assault on a police officer
- Failure to display a front marker plate
- Failure to obey a stop sign
- Failure to obey an officer’s signal
- Reckless endangerment
- First-degree criminal attempt at assault
- Reckless driving
- Unsafe backing