Louisville man accused of dragging police officer with vehicle in attempt to escape
A Louisville man has been taken into custody after police say he fled police, taking off in an SUV and dragging an officer behind him.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been taken into custody after police say he fled police, taking off in a vehicle and dragging an officer behind him.
According to an arrest warrant, the incident took place on May 6, just before 6 p.m. in the 300 block of North 27th Street, near Slevin Street.
Police say they were looking for a suspect wanted for second-degree escape, when they noticed a white 2012 Ford Explorer parked behind the home.
As police approached the vehicle, 30-year-old Michael Blanton -- who was not the suspect they were looking for -- allegedly backed up the vehicle "so that he could flee the area." The officers yelled for him to stop, and tried to get him out of the vehicle.
That's when, police say, Blanton drove away, dragging on officer "for a brief distance."
Police say that officer sustained minor injuries to his right arm and left leg.
The vehicle was stopped a short time later near the interchange between I-264 and Cane Run Road. Police say the man who was driving the vehicle at the time of that traffic stop gave police Blanton's ID and told police Blanton was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.
A warrant was issued for Blanton's arrest on May 10, and it was served later that day. He's charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer and first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle.
He is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
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