HAVERHILL, Mass. -- A police officer who was dragged by a truck pulled himself into the truck's bed and shot the man behind the wheel to stop him, Haverhill police said.
The unidentified officer was not hurt in the dragging Sunday night, said Sgt. John Arahovites.
The suspect, Dean Stockwell, 42, of Newton, N.H., was shot in the right arm. The bullet passed through his arm and lodged in his left foot, Arahovites said. Stockwell was treated at Lawrence General Hospital.
The officer stopped Stockwell because he suspected him of being involved in a hit-and-run about a quarter of a mile away shortly before the stop.
"He was trying to get the guy out of the car," said Sgt. John Arahovites. "Something happened and the guy floored it, and the officer got stuck in the car."
The officer managed to pull himself into the bed of the truck and he yelled at the suspect to stop as the truck reached speeds of 80 miles per hour, Arahovites said.
"The officer had no choice and fired one shot into his arm," he said.
The truck came to a stop at an onramp to 495, about 1.8 miles from where the dragging began.
Arahovites said Stockwell was expected to be charged with drunk driving, assault with intent to murder and several motor vehicle charges. (AP)