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A routine traffic stop ended with a Florida highway trooper being dragged 100 feet

FHP Trooper dragged 100 feet in Orlando

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was dragged 100 feet by a car during a traffic stop in Orlando on June 20, 2019.
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A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was dragged 100 feet by a car during a traffic stop in Orlando on June 20, 2019.

An Orlando trooper was dragged 100 feet by a car while trying to stop a suspect early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Around 3 a.m., Victor Rivera, a 29-year-old Florida Highway Patrol trooper, clocked a white Toyota Corolla going 80 mph in a 40 mph zone on Colonial Drive in Orlando where construction workers were present, FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes said.

When Rivera tried to pull the car over, Elijah Wilson, the driver, kept going until a passing train stopped him in his tracks, Montes said.

Wilson, 22, bolted from the car and Rivera ran after him, she said.

There were two other passengers in the car: Christopher Lewis, 19, in the front passenger seat and a juvenile in the back seat. Lewis took the wheel while Wilson was running away, she said.

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Christopher Lewis Orange County Inmate Records

Eventually, Wilson and Rivera got back to the Corolla. Rivera tackled Wilson as he tried to get in the driver’s seat, Montes said. Lewis then hit the gas, dragging Rivera and Wilson 100 feet alongside the car as both hung onto the door.

Wilson was able to get back in the car — FHP did not say whether he had been injured — and Rivera let go of the car. Rivera suffered bumps, scratches and road rash, and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The trooper was later released and was resting at home.

Wilson and Lewis were arrested early Thursday afternoon. Lewis was charged with attempted first degree murder and Wilson was charged with speeding, eluding an officer and driving on a revoked license, Montes said.

The juvenile who was in the backseat was charged with obstruction of justice for lying and was then released to his parents.

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