PARKER, Colo. — Two men and a woman were taken into custody Thursday morning after a traffic altercation resulted in a Parker Police officer being dragged by a vehicle as a suspect tried to flee.
Just before 1:30 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle in the northbound lanes of South Parker Road at East Valley Hi Drive. The driver, Kent Williams, 49, was found to have multiple driving restraints and was placed into custody, Parker Police say.
Officers then noticed a male passenger hiding on the floorboard in the back of the vehicle. An altercation ensued and the male suspect jumped into the driver’s seat, police say.
An officer ran to the driver’s door and tried to turn off the ignition, but the man, Justin Lamb, 29, accelerated the vehicle.
The unidentified officer then was dragged by the vehicle over the center median and into the southbound lanes of Parker Road. He was then dragged through a fence and down an embankment.
After the vehicle stopped, Lamb took off on foot through a field, police said. A second passenger, Lexi Erwin, 18, was detained. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and used a K9 unit to track down Lamb, who was found in a tree and taken into custody about 4:45 a.m.
The officer did not suffer serious injuries. He was treated at an area hospital and released.
All three suspects were booked into the Douglas County Jail.
Lamb is being held on second-degree assault, vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, felony eluding and miscellaneous traffic charges. Williams is being held on traffic charges. And Erwin, is charged with accessory to crime.