Allegheny County

Police searching for suspect after Whitehall police officer dragged by man fleeing traffic stop

WHITEHALL BOROUGH, Pa. — Allegheny County police are searching for a suspect after a Whitehall borough police officer was dragged by a man fleeing a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

According to a press release, officers conducted a traffic stop for the suspicion of a DUI at 3:44 a.m. in the 4700 block of Clairton Boulevard (Route 51).

Police said the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident.

The male passenger would not listen to police commands, and jumped into the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

As officers attempted to get the man out of the vehicle, he placed the car in drive and grabbed onto one of the officers.

The officer was dragged approximately 240 feet before being thrown from the vehicle.

The officer was transported to an area hospital before being treated and released.

The vehicle was found in unoccupied in Braddock Borough on Monday morning.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged Black male and heavy set.

Police said he could be from the McKeesport area.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call 911 or the Allegheny County tip line at 1(833)-ALL-TIPS.

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