A Fresno police officer suffered moderate injuries on Wednesday after he was dragged 50 feet by an SUV driven by a man attempting to escape arrest, police said.
Fresno police Sgt. James Rossetti said officers responded to a domestic violence call around 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Ferger Avenue in central Fresno. Witnesses told police a man and woman were fighting in a gray SUV.
When officers located the SUV, they spoke to Jesus Mora, 30, of Fresno. Mora attempted to start the car and drive away, and an officer attempted to stop him, Rossetti said.
Rossetti said Mora was able to start the car and took off with the officer still hanging out of his driver’s side window. Mora dragged him for 50 feet before he fell, hitting his head on the pavement and suffering injuries to his knees and arm.
The officer was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries and later discharged, Rossetti said.
Mora drove away from the scene but was located some time after at a home in the 1100 block of North Thorne Avenue. Rossetti said Mora refused to leave the home. After Mora’s family left the home, officers with a police dog entered and arrested Mora.
Rossetti said Mora suffered minor injuries from the police dog.
Mora is a known gang member on felony probation who also had a felony warrant out for his arrest, Rossetti said. He was booked into Fresno County Jail on multiple felony charges.