Police: Man dragged cop with truck during traffic stop

June 20, 2010 9:19:48 PM PDT
A Gary, Ind. man is facing charges after allegedly dragging an on-duty Chicago Police bicycle officer about 30 feet with a pickup truck after the officer pulled him over Saturday night on Lake Shore Drive.Rogue Dooley, 37, of the 1200 block of North Taft Street in Gary, Ind., is charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated fleeing police, DUI, misdemeanor reckless driving and driving without a license, and he was cited for failure to obey a police order and operating a motor vehicle without insurance, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The officer pulled over the vehicle, a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck, after it allegedly made a U-turn in traffic with its tires squealing, Mirabelli said. When the male officer asked the driver for identification, the truck allegedly took off, dragging the officer down the street.

The officer or his bike then got tangled in the driver's seat belt as the driver attempted to flee, according to a Prairie District police officer.

The driver stopped 30 feet away from where he had been pulled over in the 3100 block of South Lake Shore Drive when heavy traffic prevented the vehicle's progress, police said.

Paramedics responded to an accident at East 31st Street and South Lake Shore Drive at 8:55 p.m. and took one person to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good to fair condition, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said.

The officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and was checked out at the hospital but will not be admitted for treatment, O'Brien said.

Police administered a Breathalyzer to the driver, but its results were not immediately available Sunday.


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