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Local Man Sought in Dragging Incident

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
May 03, 2022
Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police are still looking for a man who is accused of dragging a police officer from a car for more than 200 feet along Route 51.

The car involved in the incident was located in Braddock on Monday, but the person who was operating the car, shown above, remains at large, said county police Sgt. Todd Dolfi. He is believed to be from the Mon-Yough area, police said.

Early Saturday morning, Whitehall police stopped a suspected drunken-driver on Route 51 near Baldwin High School. The driver was taken into custody without incident, police said.

But the passenger became argumentative, police said, and moved into the driver’s seat instead. When police attempted to remove him from the car, police said, he put the car into “drive” and grabbed one of the officers, then began leaving the scene.

The officer who was being dragged was then thrown from the moving vehicle, police said. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. His name has not been provided by police.

The car involved in the incident, described as a 2018 Chrysler 300 sedan, was found just before 10 a.m. Monday in Braddock, Dolfi said.

The passenger who drove away with the vehicle is described as a Black male, middle-aged, and heavy set. He may be from the Mon Valley area.

County police are asking the public if they recognize the man to call 9-1-1 or contact the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers can remain anonymous.

Originally published May 03, 2022.

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