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Drug stop leads to officer being dragged by suspect's vehicle in Groton

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Taj Dickerson faces charges after he dragged an officer for about a mile during a traffic stop. (Groton Town police) Taj Dickerson faces charges after he dragged an officer for about a mile during a traffic stop. (Groton Town police)
An officer was dragged by a suspect's vehicle after a drug stop on Routes 1 and 117 in Groton. (WFSB) An officer was dragged by a suspect's vehicle after a drug stop on Routes 1 and 117 in Groton. (WFSB)
GROTON, CT (WFSB) -

A narcotics stop in Groton led to an officer being dragged by a suspect's vehicle.

It happened on Monday morning at Routes 1 and 117.

According to police, the suspect, 22-year-old Taj Dickerson, first fled on foot after the stop, which police described as routine.

Officers said marijuana and crack cocaine were found. A pit bull was also in the vehicle.

Dickerson later returned to his vehicle, resisted the officer, got in his car and took off while the officer was still partially inside.

Police said Dickerson dragged the officer, later identified as Officer Tyler DeAngelo, about a mile to Buddington Road.

"At one point, it appeared as through the vehicle was going to collide with a telephone pole," said Chief L.J. Fusaro, Groton police. "The officer was able to disengage, was thrown out of the vehicle and sustained injuries.”   

The suspect was caught in New London after a pursuit. New London police helped.

DeAngelo was treated and released. However, police said he was "banged up pretty good."

Dickerson faced a judge in New London Superior Court on Monday.

He was charged with resisting arrest, assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, second-degree threatening, unlawful restraint, cruelty to animals, reckless driving, running from police and impaired rear lamps.

He's being held on a $175,000 bond.

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