Minn. officer dragged by suspect's car

Nancy Yang
St. Paul Pioneer Press

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A Minneapolis police officer was hurt Monday morning after he was dragged by a car in North Minneapolis.

The officer, a 17-year veteran of the police force, was treated and released from a hospital, police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia III said. His name has not been released.

The incident began when officers responded to a shoplifting call about 6:40 a.m. at a gas station at 1818 Lowry Ave. N., Garcia said.

Police were trying to take a man into custody when one officer, who has crisis-intervention training, noticed the man wasn't acting normally,

Garcia said. The man started to tense up and resisted officers, so the officer used his Taser on the man.

The man then ran to his car, and the officer tried to Taser him again. The officer followed the man to his car and wrestled with him in the driver's seat.

The man drove off, and when the officer couldn't steer the car toward a curb or make the man stop, he let go, Garcia said.

The man crashed his car into a fire hydrant at 35th and Logan avenues. Police aren't sure yet what caused the man to crash his car.

The man was taken into custody.

Garcia said many officers who carry Tasers have crisis-intervention training and can look for signs of mental illness.

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