Brighton officer dragged 76 feet while trying to arrest suspect

A Brighton police officer was dragged 76 feet by a moving car when a suspect tried to flee the scene.

On Aug. 16, the Brighton officer made contact with an individual parked in the area of N. 19th Avenue and Overland Drive. The man had a domestic violence warrant out for his arrest.

When officers attempted to contain the vehicle and arrest the man, the suspect refused to exit the vehicle, according to a Thursday news release from the police department.

The now-injured Brighton officer attempted to remove the suspect from the vehicle, who then began driving away at a high speed while the officer was still holding onto him, dragging him alongside the car, the release said.

According to the release, the suspect hit two other vehicles in the parking lot and drove roughly 76 feet before the officer fell off the vehicle.

The suspect later exited his vehicle and hid in a nearby apartment. After police a short time, he exited and was arrested without further incident, the release said.

The man was arrested and booked into Adams County jail on multiple charges, including first-degree assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and vehicular eluding.

According to the release, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call the police tipline at 303-655-8740.

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