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Washington officer injured after being dragged by car

The Washington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a black four-door Hyundai with no plates. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Des Moines. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Police Department)
The Washington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a black four-door Hyundai with no plates. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Des Moines. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Police Department)

WASHINGTON — A Washington police officer was injured Sunday morning when he was dragged by a car after attempting to arrest the driver.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of the reported stolen vehicle.

An officer stopped a black four-door Hyundai with no plates at the intersection of North 15th Avenue and East Second Street at approximately 12:25 a.m. on Sunday, according to a news release.

On July 16, the same vehicle was reported stolen to the Des Moines Police Department.

The Washington officer attempted to arrest the driver, but the vehicle fled the scene and dragged the officer for several blocks.

The officer, who was not identified, received minor injuries, but the vehicle and suspect left the scene.

The Washington Police Department is asking anyone with information on the identity of the driver to contact the Washington County Communications office at 319-653-2107.

In addition to the Washington Police Department, officers responded from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Conservation, Washington County Communications and the Iowa Department of Corrections/Parole High Risk Unit.

Update: The Washington County Emergency Communications Department issued a notice at 2 p.m. on Sunday notifying the public the suspect is now believed to be in a tan 2007 Ford Escape with the Iowa license plate number JIN911. The vehichle was last seen in the West Liberty area at approximately 8 a.m. The stolen Hyundai was recovered in Washington.