Phoenix police officer dragged and injured by DUI suspect
PHOENIX – On Sunday, around 12:45 a.m. near 34th Place and Glenrosa Avenue, a Phoenix police officer was injured in an accident caused by a 30-year-old suspected drunk driver. A second officer was also injured when he was struck by the fleeing car.
According to the police, they ordered the driver to stop on the side of the road. The officer was talking to the driver when the motorist pulled away with the officer still holding onto the window.
Phoenix Police spokeswoman, Lt. Mandy Faust stated, “The individual that was being investigated ran back to his car, the officer followed. What happened after that was the officer held onto the driver while the driver drove down the road in an attempt to get away. At some point during those collisions, both the officer and the driver of the vehicle were thrown from the vehicle and sustained injuries” said Faust. “The investigation is in the initial stages” he added.
According to investigators, before crashing into a tree, the suspected impaired driver dragged the officer two blocks, hitting 2 cars and a fence. The officer suffered a head wound.
Alexandra Garay, who was a witness, said, “My heart was pounding because I just think, I mean it hit right here and my house is a few feet away and it could have easily hit my house.”
A neighbor heard the screaming and woke up, the neighbor told, “I came to look out the window and I just heard screaming and yelling and within seconds I just saw the whole street flooded with cops.”
Both police officers were taken to the hospital in serious condition. They both are in good condition now.
Faust told that the suspect was also injured in the accident and taken to the hospital.