On January 8, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona, an officer was involved in a deliberate pedestrian-car accident, the suspect dragging the victim who became caught in the vehicle after attempting to successfully pull over and confront the man, presumably for his actions on the road.
Officials stated that the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. that Tuesday night, near 32nd Street on the eastbound side of the Interstate 10 highway.
On the Wednesday that followed, Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Officer James Holmes, informed that things turned sour after the officer who became a victim had pulled over an SUV for reasons undisclosed to the public at this time. Holmes stated that as the officer approached the vehicle, the man shifted the SUV into drive and proceeded to take off.
The officer's hand and arm got caught in the driver's side window and caused the man to be dragged for what was described as a short distance.
It was revealed that the officer, whose name has not been disclosed at this time, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The officer was released later that evening, still suffering from pain to his hands, but apparently with no other major injuries.
Holmes had stated at the time that they were still trying to track down the suspect and his vehicle, after the man sped off in an eastbound direction. He informed that the investigation would be ongoing.
It is not clear at this time whether or not the suspect has been apprehended.
As an accident attorney, you hate to see these kind of actions taken against our law enforcement officers.
In this case of hit and run, it seems that the victim was fortunate in a way to have gotten out of it without more extensive injuries.
Our Phoenix accident lawyers will keep you updated on any new information regarding the suspect driver, and we hope for the speedy and full recovery of the officer who was injured in this incident.