PARKER, Colo. - A police officer in Parker was dragged by a car as a suspect tried to escape arrest early Thursday morning.
Officers conducted a traffic stop at Parker Road and Valley Hi Dr. at about 1:20 a.m., according to the Parker Police Department.
The driver, Kent Scott Williams, 50, was taken into custody after a check of his record came back with multiple driving restraints.
After Williams was arrested, officers spotted a man hiding on the floorboard of the back seat, under miscellaneous items. When officers tried to talk to the man, later identified as Justin Wayne Lamb, there was an altercation.
Lamb, 30, jumped from the back seat into the driver’s seat and tried to take control of the vehicle.
One officer then ran to the driver’s door and attempted to turn off the ignition but Lamb hit the gas and drove north on Parker Road.
The officer was dragged over the center median into the southbound lanes, through a fence, down an embankment before the car came to a stop.
After the crash the driver got out and ran west through a field.
A perimeter was set up and Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office responded with K9 officer. The dog tracked Lamb, who was found in a tree. He was taken into custody at 4:46 a.m. without a struggle.
Court records show Lamb has an open warrant for theft of motor vehicle in Chaffee County and an open warrant for driving under suspension in Jefferson County.
Parker police tweeted Thursday afternoon that Lamb was being charged with second degree kidnapping.
The Officer did not sustain serious bodily injury and has already been released from an area hospital.
A female passenger, 19-year-old Lexi Erwin was also detained.