Man flees traffic stop while struggling with trooper in the drivers seat, police say.

 lehighvalleylive.com  11/22/2020 21:03:08   Rudy Miller |

An Ohio man sped away from a Monroe County traffic stop with his door open and a state trooper struggling with him in his drivers seat, according to police.

Police didnt identify the Pennsylvania State Police trooper or the suspect who allegedly grappled during the traffic stop at 9:07 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, on Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Township.

The driver was outside his Hyundai Santa Fe when he told the trooper he needed to get his jacket from the SUV, police said.

The trooper tried to stop him but the driver managed to get into the car, police said. He took off with the drivers side door open and the trooper almost fully inside the driving compartment and fully engaged with the operator, police said.

The trooper managed to force the SUV off the highway into a wooded area, police said.

A second trooper arrived and deployed a Taser on the suspect in order to subdue him, police said.

Police identified the suspect only as a 37-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, man. He will be charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and a weapons charge. He will likely be arraigned Monday.

The initial trooper suffered a minor injury, police said. He was treated and released from Pocono Medical Center.

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