Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Video shows police officer dragged by vehicle

The officer has “significant road rash injuries” on his arms and legs authorities say but he is expected to make a full recovery Video shows police officer dragged by vehicle
Charlie Simmons | 21 December, 2017, 01:35

The officer, Jon Cusack, has been hospitalized after being dragged for a half-mile by the suspect, Thomas Cabrera, investigators claim.

Cusack was caught in the door frame and was dragged for about a half mile, an incident caught in scary detail by his body camera. Police say additional charges are forthcoming. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon, according to the video's timestamp.

It all started when police were called to Century Village because there was an unconscious couple in a auto, according to police.

After a pursuit that led them onto a highway, police say they were able to apprehend Cabrera and his female passenger.

The driver of the auto put his hands out the window as officers approached with guns drawn. A clear baggie containing an unknown substance could also be seen inside the vehicle, authorities said.

In a second, the situation becomes dire as Cabrera hits the accelerator, sending the auto flying across the parking lot with Cusak clinging to the side.

Police said a security guard in Pembroke Pines called police regarding a possible overdose. The trucks dodged Cabrera.

The officer relinquished his grip at the Century Village exit and rolled.

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Cusack was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, Cabrera continued to flee, police said.

A Florida man was charged with attempted murder after dragging a police officer during a pursuit that reached speeds over 100 miles per hour. He was eventually stopped around 9 a.m. on Interstate 595 near Florida's Turnpike.

Cabrera was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

Police said that there was a baggie of what appeared to be drugs visible in the auto, though it's not visible in the video.

Cabrera served eight months in prison for grand theft in 2014.

Court records don't list a lawyer for Cabrera. A bag containing an unknown substance was recovered from the auto, police said.

When officer John Cusack approached a auto reported to be parked in Century Village containing an unconscious couple, he got more than he bargained for.

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