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Man arrested after dragging police officer with car to escape traffic stop

WILBARGER COUNTY - UPDATE: Devin Anthony Johnson has been released from Wilbarger County Jail. Officials say he posted a $10,000 bond on a Wilbarger County charge of evading arrest and posted at $100,00 wanted fugitive bond set for the charges in Altus.

An Altus police officer has leg and chest injuries after a traffic stop led to a high-speed chase that ended in Vernon.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, the officer stopped a 2006 red Ford Mustang for speeding.

Altus Chief Tim Murphy said a driver's license check showed Devin Anthony Johnson, 22, had a suspended Texas driver's license. 

Then, when Johnson was directed out of the vehicle, Murphey said Johnson refused and took off with the officer holding onto the steering wheel.

Chief Murphy said the officer was dragged about 55 feet.

He says other Altus police officers pursued the Mustang south on Highway 283, at speeds more than 100- miles per hour before spike strips were deployed near Highway 287 in Vernon.

Murphy said Johnson tried to run but was caught and arrested.

Johnson's from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is in the Wilbarger County jail. He'll face an extradition hearing before being returned back to Jackson County on felony charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, attempting to elude, along with multiple traffic-related offenses.   

The injured officer was treated and later released from the hospital.  


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