08/17/2007

N.Y. officer dragged by car of fleeing suspect

By Sarah Garland
The New York Sun

NEW YORK A police officer was injured after being dragged down a street in the Bronx by a car driven by a drug suspect early yesterday.

The officer managed to fire his gun and hit the driver of the car in the leg even as he was being pulled along by the car.

Police said the officer, a sevenyear veteran, was on foot patrol in the Eastchester section of the Bronx when he noticed two men smoking what he believed was marijuana in a 1996 Pontiac sedan. As he approached the car near East 228th Street and White Plains Road, the driver of the car drove off, dragging the officer along with him for a short distance.

A police van then chased the Pontiac containing the two suspects to East 233rd Street and Bronx River Parkway.

Police said the suspects were tossing bags of marijuana and cocaine from the car as they fled. When they later apprehended the suspects after they stopped the car, police said they found more marijuana and cocaine in the vehicle. The suspects were said to be in their 30s and to live in Yonkers.

The officer is recovering from minor injuries at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. The driver of the car is recovering from the gunshot wound in his left leg at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.

Copyright 2007 The New York Sun

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