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Police arrest driver after sergeant dragged by SUV

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(Manchester Police Department) (Manchester Police Department)

After a sergeant was dragged by a motor vehicle in Manchester early Friday morning, police are searching for the SUV involved in the incident.

The unidentified sergeant noticed a SUV driving in “an erratic manner” after pulling out of a driveway on Starkweather Street around 5:30 a.m.

When the sergeant stopped to talk to the driver, police said the driver, identified as Peter Hills “started to put the vehicle in drive and dragged” the officer a short distance. The sergeant shortly fell to the ground.

Officer Chris Davis said Hills was a suspected drunk-driver.

"[The officer] believed the operator might be intoxicated so he stopped the vehicle," said Davis.

The sergeant was taken to a local hospital with “minor injuries.” The sergeant was treated and released from the hospital on Friday morning.

Residents said they're shocked by the incident. Neighbor Mark Guimond said things like this rarely happen in the area.

"You don't hear much other than the crickets and birds," said Guimond.

Davis said the incident was also concerning for fellow officers.

"You just never know what you're stopping. You think you're stopping for one thing and you don't know who the operator is, what they just did...you don't know," said Davis.

Police determined that the Hills' vehicle was 2005 grey Ford Explorer with Connecticut license plate 680ZTO. Investigators said the SUV was stolen on Thursday night out of East Haven.

Hills was found walking on Orchard Street in Vernon where he was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer and 12 other charges. He will be in court on Tuesday. 

The stolen vehicle Hills was driving was located by the Hartford Police Department in the area of Park Street. 

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