Driver, passenger of car accused of dragging officer arrested

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PITTSBURGH —

Police have confirmed to Channel 11 News that the driver accused of dragging an officer with his car Thursday in Greenfield, as well as the driver’s passenger, have been taken into custody. 

According to investigators, two motorcycle officers pulled over Therman Smith, 19, for speeding near Irvine Street in Hazelwood around 5 p.m.

During the stop, the officers ran Smith’s name, which indicated he was wanted on another charge. 

At that time, Smith’s 21-year-old female passenger yelled at him to get back in the car, said an officer on the scene. Smith got back in the car and took off. A Zone 6 police officer grabbed onto the car and was dragged a short distance.

Officials said the officer, whose name hasn't been released, suffered an elbow injury. The officer was taken to Mercy Hospital and is expected to be OK.

Smith’s vehicle was recovered a short time later, unoccupied, on Second Avenue in Hazelwood, police said. 

According to authorities, a K-9 unit helped officers track down the suspects near the Schenley Park Ice Rink, where police arrested the pair.

Police said they recovered cash and a small amount of marijuana.

Smith was booked at the Allegheny County jail, facing multiple charges that include aggravated assault and fleeing from police.

The woman was also booked at the Allegheny County Jail. No word yet on whether she will be charged.