Man allegedly injures Trinity Co. constable in traffic stop

Michael Harris (Source: Trinity County Jail)
Michael Harris (Source: Trinity County Jail)

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity County constable suffered minor injuries after a man allegedly dragged him with his pickup while trying to flee during a traffic stop Thursday night.

Michael Harris, 44, is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, assault of a public servant and DWI third or more.

According to a press release, Constable Mark Cole and Deputy Mark Mann were patrolling FM 356 and located a suspect vehicle with a driver accused of trying to run over two pedestrians. The officers tried to stop Harris, but he fled to the One Stop parking lot in Trinity and pulled in, according to the press release.

Harris told the officers he would not get out and that the officers would have to shoot him, according to the report. He then began pulling forward. Cole tried to grab the door, but Harris accelerated with Cole's arm stuck in the vehicle, according to the report.

Harris drove seven to 10 feet before Cole fell from the truck and rolled several times on the road, according to the report. Harris paused after Cole fell and Mann was able to stop him and forcefully take him into custody, according to the report.

Cole was taken by ambulance to a Trinity hospital, where he was treated for shoulder, hands and knees injuries. Mann was also hurt during the arrest.

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