By Jacob Quinn Sanders
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark — A fleeing suspect injured a Little Rock police sergeant and an officer Tuesday — the sergeant enough for a trip to the hospital — when the suspect drove off with the two hanging onto his 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, police said.
According to reports, Sgt. Andre Dyer and Officer Bryan Eshenbaugh pulled over the blue-green Grand Marquis for having a blank temporary license plate at 1:15 p.m. near the west Little Rock intersection of John Barrow Road and Tanya Drive. Marquis Deshawn Hunt, 24, was behind the wheel.
Dyer, a 12-year Little Rock Police Department veteran, and Eshenbaugh, on the force for six years, checked Hunt's criminal history and found he was on parole, police said. It was unclear Tuesday night precisely for what conviction Hunt was on parole. His criminal history, according to Pulaski County court records, includes convictions for possession of a firearm by a certain person and possession of a controlled substance.
With Hunt's criminal history in hand, Dyer and Eshenbaugh asked him to get out of the car.
"As Eshenbaugh and Sgt. Dyer started to question Hunt," one police report reads, "he got back [in] and started driving off with both officers hanging on with the driver's door open." Eshenbaugh soon spun off and landed hard, receiving bumps and bruises along his right forearm, according to the police report.
Dyer hung on. The Grand Marquis flew across a ditch and the front lawn of Parkview High School before heading south along Barrow.
"Dyer was seen with his feet sticking out of the door before being thrown" from the car, according to the police report.
At this point, according to reports, the Grand Marquis had made it only about 200 feet from where Dyer and Eshenbaugh stopped it.
Lying on the ground, Dyer called Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services on his radio. Eshenbaugh, back in a patrol car, followed the Grand Marquis.
Police caught Hunt less than a mile away. He was charged with second-degree battery on a police officer, fleeing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and was released from the Pulaski County jail on $8,200 bond.
Dyer was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock and treated for injuries to his back and shoulders, police said.
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Suspect flees while 2 Ark. officers hold on to his car