Mich. deputy punched, dragged by fleeing vehicle

The deputy was struck in the face several times before the driver sped off in the vehicle, which the deputy was still partially inside


By Sarah Calams

LUCE COUNTY, Mich. — A deputy was hit in the face several times and dragged by a fleeing vehicle after responding to a call about a possible breaking and entering Tuesday. 

MLive.com reported that the Luce County Sheriff's Office deputy observed a suspicious vehicle in the area as he was investigating the call. The deputy made contact with the driver, who appeared under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The department said the driver attempted to reach into his pocket and, moments later, assaulted the deputy. The deputy was struck in the face several times before the driver sped off in the vehicle, which the deputy was still partially inside.

The deputy, who was dragged a short distance, drew his firearm and fired shots at the suspect. The driver fled the scene, but was later found and taken to jail. 

The driver was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing an officer causing injury and reckless driving. The incident remains under investigation. 

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