DIXON – A Dixon police officer suffered minor injuries Sunday night after being dragged by a suspect’s vehicle, which subsequently crashed, hospitalizing the driver.
According to Chief Danny Langloss:
The officer responded to a disturbance call at a house in the 800 block of Fellows Road at about 8 p.m. where people felt threatened. The 20-year-old suspect appeared to be highly intoxicated and “wasn’t compliant in any way” with the officer.
The man attempted to drive away, at which point the officer reached into the vehicle and was dragged about 10 yards, injuring his knee.
An officer in the area saw the suspect’s vehicle and pursued with lights and sirens on, but at a distance. There were no stop sticks or officer-initiated maneuvers used.
The man appeared to lose control of his vehicle and crashed northeast of town on state Route 2, near Sink Hollow Road, Langloss said.
He was taken to KSB Hospital then airlifted to Rockford Memorial Hospital. His name was not being released and his condition was not available Monday.
Langloss also declined to release the name of the injured officer.
A Lee County Cheriff’s Department accident reconstructionist is investigating the crash; Dixon police are investigating what happened on scene and how the 20-year-old got alcohol, Langloss said.