Moline Acres officer dragged as woman attempts to avoid traffic ticket

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by Sarah Heath / KMOV Staff | @sheath12

KMOV.com

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 11:20 PM

 (KMOV) – An officer was injured Tuesday afternoon after being dragged during a short police pursuit through Moline Acres.

According to authorities, the pursuit began shortly after 1 p.m. when a female driver stopped at a radar checkpoint on the 2400 block of Chambers and became confrontational with the officer. She reportedly refused to sign the speeding ticket the officer had written.

Moline Acres Police Chief David Dorn said as the confrontation escalated, the officer reached into the woman’s car to shut off the engine but she hit the gas pedal and drove off. She allegedly dragged the officer about 15 feet before he was able to break free and hit the ground.

The suspect, with her 3-year-old daughter in the vehicle, sped off with officers in pursuit. The chase lasted a few minutes before the woman drover to her mother’s home on Netherton. That’s when, police say, she got out and surrendered to officers.

On Wednesday, authorities plan to seek charges against her for assault on a law enforcement officer, endangering the welfare of a child along with other traffic citations.

Dorn said the woman did not have a record and no other run-ins with police. It is still unclear what caused her to flee in the first place.

The officer that was dragged was taken to an area hospital where he is recovering from several scrapes and bruises. No life-threatening injuries were reported. He will not be on duty for several days due to the incident.

Further details into the investigation and charges were not immediately known.

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