State trooper dragged 30 feet after pulling car over

11 Mar

LARIMER COUNTY – A Colorado State Patrol trooper had to be treated for minor injuries after being dragged during a traffic stop north of Fort Collins Tuesday night.

According to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, the trooper had stopped a vehicle near College Avenue and Willox Lane around 8 p.m. Investigators say the trooper was standing by the driver’s window when the driver suddenly put the car into gear and tried to speed off. The trooper reportedly grabbed the driver’s arm and was then dragged about 30 feet. As the vehicle approached a brick wall, the trooper was able to let go and he fell to the ground, the sheriff’s office said.

The vehicle was later found abandoned in a ditch near Willox Lane and Shields Street. Deputies with the sheriff’s office and Fort Collins police officers immediately began to search the area. A K9 unit was brought in to help and eventually the suspect, who has been identified as 42-year-old Juan Alvarez of Fort Collins, was found hiding in the 200 block of U.S. Highway 287.

Alvarez was arrested and is facing a felony assault charge.

The trooper was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

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