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Colorado State Patrol trooper dragged, injured after suspect stole patrol vehicle

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Apr 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 08:52:15-04

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — A Colorado State Patrol trooper broke his hand after a suspect in Pueblo County stole his patrol vehicle and dragged him for several feet before a pursuit began, according to a Colorado State Patrol spokesman.

CSP had received reports of a vehicle driving the wrong way in both directions on Interstate 25 and a trooper stopped the vehicle near mile marker 105, Cpl. Ivan Alvarado said.

During the encounter, the suspect got inside the trooper’s vehicle and as the trooper tried to get back into the car, his hand got stuck in the door, Alvarado said. He was dragged as the suspect drove off.

Troopers, as well as officers from the Pueblo Police Department and deputies from the Pueblo Sheriff’s Department, pursued the vehicle at speeds near 100 mph, until the suspect crashed and rolled the patrol car into a median near mile marker 69 in Huerfano County, Alvarado said. The suspect then fled on foot before he was taken into custody.

Neither the suspect nor the trooper have been identified. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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