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Texas officer dragged by car after attempting to stop driver who tried to run over pedestrians

Texas officer dragged by car after attempting to stop driver who tried to run over pedestrians
Photo of suspect arrested provided by the Trinity County Sheriff's Office.
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POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:04pm

Two Trinity County Sheriff's Office officials were injured after stopping a man who allegedly tried to run over pedestrians.

Constable Mark Cole and Deputy Mark Mann were taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspect driving a vehicle which had reportedly attempted to run two pedestrians over on FM356.

Constable Cole and Deputy Mann were patrolling FM 356 and subsequently located the suspected vehicle near the intersection of FM356 and Denman. The officers attempted to stop the suspect when the suspect fled to the One Stop parking lot and pulled in.

While ordering the suspect out of the vehicle, the suspect stated he would not get out and the officers would have to shoot him.

The suspect began pulling his vehicle forward when Cole tried to grab the door, the suspect accelerated, and Cole's arm was stuck in the vehicle.

The suspect carried Cole back to FM356 and he fell from the truck and rolled several times on the road. The suspect briefly paused after Cole fell and at that time Mann was able to stop the suspect and forcefully take him into custody.

Cole was taken by ambulance to ETMC-Trinity and treated for his injuries. Mann was subsequently hurt as well during the arrest of the suspect. Deputies and Officers for all agencies arrived to assist. Deputy Troy Poe followed up on the events while the officers were being attended too.

Michael Harris, 44, was identified as the suspect. Harris was subsequently charged with felony assault of a public servant, felony aggravated assault of a public servant, and felony 3rd or more driving while intoxicated.

Both officers were treated and released from the hospital. Cole is recovering at home with swelling and bruising of his shoulders and minor scrapes to his hands and knees.

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