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Mo. trooper dragged 200 feet by suspected drunk driver; incident caught on dash cam

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Mark Staszuck (Credit: KMOV) Mark Staszuck (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.COM) – Officials say a man was sentenced to probation after dragging a trooper 200 feet with his car in 2014.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a driver on Interstate 70 in St. Charles who was suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

According to the video, the driver, Marc Staszcuk, failed a field sobriety test and struggled with the trooper when she attempts to arrest him. Staszcuk got into his vehicle and dragging the trooper 200 feet when he put his foot on the gas while she tried to get the keys out of the ignition.

“It is obviously something that shocks the conscious, especially a community such as ours. People don’t like to see that, I don’t like to see that, you don’t like to see that. I think that is something our jurors, our communities takes very seriously. We take very seriously,” Tim Lohmar, St. Charles Prosecuting attorney, said.

Officials say Lohmar charged Staszcuk with assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and a DWI. Staszcuk was sentenced to five years’ probation. In this case, officials say Staszcuk did not have a prior record, which was taken into account.

“We are always trying to say ok, how can we hold him accountable for what he did? At the same time, if there’s a way to provide some sort of rehabilitation, some sort of treatment, for example, so that he can improve himself so he doesn’t just go to prison and get out in a matter of months compared to the years sentenced he might get,” Lohmar said.

“We know how the system works. We know if we offer an opportunity for rehab, maybe you can address those underlying issues that cause the criminal behavior. Maybe you can provide him with an opportunity to improve himself,” Lohmar said.

But, if Staszcuk violates his probation, officials say he will find himself behind bars.

“We have the full 19 years that we can suggest to the court that he be sentenced to. We feel very comfortable with this sentence disposition in this case,” Lohmar said.

Lohmar says he has a very good success rate for those who are sentenced to probation. Those individuals are able to take advantage of the programs offered to help them straighten out. Lohmar says the chances of those people recommitting the crime are low.

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