A Mesa police officer was injured after being dragged a short distance while trying to stop a suspected impaired driver who led police on an overnight freeway pursuit.
The incident began shortly after midnight Thursday when a police lieutenant stopped at a Circle K at Signal Butte Road and Southern Avenue, for a requested police check on a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer that had been parked near the gas pumps for 45 minutes. The officer saw a man reclined in the driver’s seat and empty beer containers scattered in the vehicle.
The officer identified himself and tried to prevent the suspect from starting the vehicle, but the officer’s arm got trapped in the window as the man began driving. The officer was dragged a short distance but freed himself before the vehicle left the Circle K.
The officer followed the driver onto westbound U.S. 60 and then onto Crismon Road, where other police vehicles joined the pursuit. The suspect’s vehicle collided with a police car and caused significant damage to both vehicles. Police then arrested Raymond Dawes, 21, on suspicion of several counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment to a shoulder injury. No other officers were injured.
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