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Man drags Virginia State Trooper 3 miles at 115 mph after failed traffic stop, police say

WJLA – Washington D.C. 12/5/2022 7News Staff
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A 38-year-old Delaware man is in custody after police said he dragged a Virginia State Police (VSP) Trooper approximately three miles after an attempted traffic stop in Henrico County, Va. Friday.

At 4:08 p.m. Friday a Virginia State Police Trooper observed a 2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV speeding as it traveled south on Interstate 295 in Henrico County. The trooper initiated a traffic stop, and the SUV pulled off onto the shoulder at the 37-mile marker, VSP said.

According to police, the trooper approached the SUV on the passenger side, but the driver was non-compliant to the trooper's requests. During the course of the traffic stop, the SUV sped off at a high rate of speed, which caused the passenger side door to close on the trooper, VSP said. Caught in the door, the trooper was dragged approximately three miles as the SUV reached speeds of up to 115 mph, VSP said, adding that the SUV struck two tractor trailers and then crashed. 

The driver fled the scene on foot but was apprehended shortly after, police said. 

A handgun was recovered from inside the SUV and the trooper was treated for minor, non-life-threatening injuries, VSP said.

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The driver, Milton Jermaine Lewis, 38, was charged with reckless driving by speeding, felony eluding of a police officer, having a concealed weapon, altering a serial number on a firearm, felony assault of a law enforcement officer, abduction, attempted capital murder, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, no seatbelt, felony hit and run, police said, adding that he suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

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