Body Cam Captures Cop Clinging to Speeding Car

Officer taken to hospital before suspect was caught
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2017 10:32 AM CST

(Newser) – If Florida police officer Jon Cusack thought his visit to a retirement community to check on an unconscious couple in a car would be relatively uneventful Tuesday, he thought wrong. The visit would end only after Cusack was dragged by a speeding car for about a half-mile, according to police in Pembroke Pines. Cusack’s body camera captured part of the scene before it was dislodged: The officer is seen putting on protective gloves as he speaks with a man and woman found in a car with a "small, clear plastic baggie with an unknown substance in plain view," according to police. But as the man begins to drive away, Cusack gets hung up in the door frame. Police say he was then dragged as the driver hit 60mph, made "several sharp maneuvers," and attempted to hit responding emergency vehicles, report CBS Miami and the Miami Herald.

Police say Cusack feared he'd be run over if he let go of the vehicle but finally released his grip when the car slowed. Cusack—whose "uniform and shoes were shredded" according to a police report—was then taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery for "significant road rashes," per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Meanwhile, authorities say Thomas Cabrera, 38, reached speeds of 105mph as he led police on a 20-mile chase. He was arrested after his vehicle was impeded by traffic. He later admitted to using heroin and cocaine before encountering Cusack and said he fled because he didn't want to go to jail, according to police. He's charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license. Cusack, who left the hospital Wednesday, says he's "doing well." (Read more Florida stories.)

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