Police officer dragged by suspect trying to flee from traffic stop

Pedro Maldonado was arrested after two officers were injured on Friday. (NEW BRITAIN POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Two New Britain police officers were injured after a suspect tried to flee the scene of a traffic stop on Friday afternoon.

According to police, the suspect, 33-year-old Pedro Maldonado, of Bristol, was stopped on Long Street around 3:30 p.m.

Maldonado and an officer got into an altercation and dragged the officer as he fled the scene of the stop.

According to police, the unidentified officer was dragged for a short distance. The officer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect fled through New Britain, onto Route 72 in Bristol before being stopped by police.

The second officer was injured during a physical altercation that took place with Maldonado on Route 72 while he was being taken into custody.

The unidentified second officer was also taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. As of Monday, the officers were "doing well" and expected to make a full recovery.

Maldonado's charges are being formalized by police and will include assault on police officer and several motor vehicle charges.

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