A white man in Minnesota has been arrested after he dragged a police officer beside his vehicle following a traffic stop.
In a news release on Wednesday, Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson revealed that the 61-year-old man is accused of using a piece of lumber to assault an employee at a Menards store after he was asked to wear a face mask.
According to the Star Tribune, an officer later attempted to stop the man after he was spotted at a nearby Walmart.
The report continues:
The vehicle soon stopped near Hwy. 15 and Freemont Avenue. When the officer tried to engage the suspect through the driver's side window, the suspect took off "at a high rate of speed" with the officer trapped and hanging from the window, Gifferson said. During the struggle, the suspect hit the officer in the head with a hammer, he said.
The name of the suspect was not released by Hutchinson police.
Earlier this week, a Black man named Daunte Wright was killed by police at a traffic stop in Minnesota after an officer was said to have mistaken her firearm for a Taser.
It was not immediately clear why the same level of force was not used during the Wednesday incident in Hutchinson.
Watch video of the incident below.
This happened yesterday in Minnesota, the suspect was a 61-year-old white man fleeing police. He wasn't shot or tased. pic.twitter.com/FEq39kssC9
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