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Florida trooper attempts to take suspect into custody, ends up getting dragged 100-feet by speeding car


Richard Tribou
Orlando Sentinel

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was dragged about 100 feet from a car fleeing a traffic stop early this morning, and one person now faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder, FHP said.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. as the trooper, Victor Rivera, 29, attempted to stop a 2014 Toyota Corolla on State Road 50 just west of Orange Avenue, which was blocked by a train passing through downtown, according to FHP spokesperson Lt. Kim Montes.

Forced to stop, 22-year-old driver Elijah Wilson exited the vehicle as Rivera gave chase on foot while passenger 19-year-old Christopher Stephan Lewis of Apopka remained in the vehicle, FHP said.

The chase led Wilson back to the vehicle where Rivera attempted to detain him, at which point Lewis moved into the driver’s seat and began to drive away dragging both Rivera and Wilson with the moving car, troopers said.

While Wilson was able to get back into the vehicle, Rivera was dragged about 100 feet before letting go.

Lewis has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to Montes. Wilson, who cooperated with authorities, received a notice for a future court date, facing charges of speeding, fleeing an officer, resisting without violence and driving on a revoked license.

A third person in the vehicle, a juvenile male who was in the back seat, was charged with obstruction for lying. He has been released to his parents and will head to juvenile court at a later date, Montes said.

Officer Rivera, who has been on the force for four years, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. He was later discharged from the hospital and is resting at home with abrasions, bumps and bruises, FHP said.


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