Suspect drives away with Florida policeman hanging onto auto door

Suspect drives away with Florida policeman hanging onto auto door

But as he tried to enter the vehicle, the driver woke up, and suddenly accelerated, with the officer hanging off the driver's side door.

At one point, the car's speedometer can be seen in the video reaching more than 60 miles per hour before Cusack let's go and falls on the ground.

The driver of the auto, which police say is Thomas Cabrera, 38, is now facing a charge of attempted murder of a law enforment officer for the incident, which was recorded by Cusack's body camera. A bag containing an unknown substance was recovered from the vehicle, police said.

"He can't walk, but he's going, he's determined", said Jeff Marano, president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association."He was in good spirits and had a positive attitude and obviously was just glad to be alive".

"Our officer reached into the vehicle at this time in an attempt to prevent the suspect from leaving the scene in a possibly impaired state which would endanger our community and the safety of the passenger". He suffered injuries that require surgery.

The vehicle that struck Cusack got onto northbound Interstate 75 before continuing east on I-595.

When responding Officer Jon Cusack arrived, the 19-year-veteran knocked on the window and received no response.

The driver of the vehicle put his hands out the window as officers approached with guns drawn. He confessed that he took cocaine and heroin shortly before the incident.

The driver was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

"Officer Cusack's uniform and shoes were shredded from being dragged along the roadway", the police report read, according to KABC.

The injured officer was taken to Memorial Regional with non-life threatening injuries.

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