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EFFINGHAM, Sick. (WCIA) — Illinois State Police say they arrested an Effingham man after he dragged a trooper down the highway along with his automotive.
A press launch says it occurred earlier than 12:30 a.m. Sunday at a DUI checkpoint. A trooper says he noticed a pistol between the motive force seat and heart console of a automotive he was checking.
Investigators say the trooper tried to get the pistol after the motive force refused to conform along with his instructions and locked his door.
There was a short wrestle between the trooper and the motive force, police say.
The motive force then grabbed the trooper’s arm and accelerated, driving away and dragging the officer about 25 yards down the highway earlier than the trooper was in a position to free himself, the discharge says. Police add the motive force refused to cease and sped away.
State police, Effingham Police, Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies, and Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies adopted the automotive and finally took the motive force and all occupants inside into custody.
The discharge recognized the motive force as 21-year-old Marcus Pocrnich. He’s charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding police, and resisting a police officer inflicting damage.
ISP says the trooper who was dragged was taken to a hospital for therapy of non-life threatening accidents. He has since been launched.
The trooper has served ISP for over three years, says the discharge.