ORLANDO, Fla. – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was dragged by a car early Thursday after making a traffic stop in Orlando, officials said.
According to the FHP, Trooper Victor Rivera, 29, attempted to stop a 2014 Toyota Corolla around 3 a.m. on westbound State Road 50, just west of Orange Avenue, after he clocked the car going 81 mph in a 40 mph zone.
Officials said the driver of the Corolla was forced to stop at train tracks because a train was coming through, so the driver got out of the car and ran away. A passenger identified as Christopher Stephan Lewis, 19, of Apopka, remained in the car, along with a juvenile in the back seat, the FHP said.
Rivera ran after the driver, who eventually returned to the Corolla. Rivera then tackled him in an effort to detain him, authorities said. Lewis, however, moved into the driver's seat and started driving away, dragging Rivera and the original driver, the FHP said.
The original driver was able to get back into the car, and Rivera disengaged after being dragged for about 100 feet, officials said.
Rivera was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, including abrasions and bruises, the FHP said. He was later released.
"He's got a lot of bumps and bruises, some abrasions. He actually said his vest and his uniform is shredded so that took a lot, his skin underneath did't take a good beating," Lt. Kim Montes said.
The car, a white 2014 Toyota Corolla with the Florida tag JDFD72, was located, and the FHP later announced the arrest of Lewis, who faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
The FHP said the original driver has been identified and is cooperating with troopers. His name has not been released. The juvenile was released to his parents and faces charges of obstruction for lying, the FHP said.
We’re following #breakingnews in Orlando. @FHPOrlando says a trooper was dragged and injured during a traffic stop on SR-50 near the train tracks. Live updates this morning on #News6. pic.twitter.com/ooVXa9ubxF— Mark Lehman (@MarkLehman6) June 20, 2019
Rivera has been a trooper in Orlando for four years.
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