A Jackson police officer is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after she was dragged by a vehicle Monday morning.
Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green told The Clarion-Ledger that the officer received a call concerning two men sitting in a vehicle. When she arrived on scene, she walked up to the car and tapped one of them on the shoulder through the open window. Green said the suspect then threw the vehicle into reverse and drove off, dragging the officer 20-30 feet. Green said the incident occurred before 8 a.m.
WAPT is reporting that the officer was called to the Eagle convenience store at Capitol Street and Ellis Avenue, and that when the officer opened the door to the car, the driver reversed, dragging her. According to WAPT, the car stopped when it crashed into a parked snack truck.
Green said the driver, Oriente Taylor, 27, is facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, DUI, open container, violation of a city ordinance, and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The passenger, Javorski Blackmon, 25, has been charged with public drunk.
The officer suffered scratches, Green said, and her name has not been released either.
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