WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Police are hunting for the driver of an SUV who dragged a Delaware State Trooper. Eyewitness News got a first look at the video showing how quickly help arrived after the dangerous situation.READ MORE: John Dougherty, IBEW Local 98 Union Leader, Arrested By Federal Authorities At Philadelphia Home
The traffic lights at Kirkwood Highway and Farrand Drive in Wilmington are back on Monday evening after a dangerous encounter between a driver and and Delaware State Trooper.
It started when a trooper simply stopped to help deal with malfunctioning lights.
Investigators say around 1:48 p.m., the trooper spoke with a driver of a dark SUV, when suddenly the interaction turned violent.
“The vehicle took off with the trooper still on the vehicle and he was subsequently dragged,” Delaware State police corporal Mike Austin said.READ MORE: FEMA-Run Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site Opens At Pennsylvania Convention Center
The 18-year State Police veteran was able to pull himself free after about a tenth of a mile, falling into a grassy median.
Home surveillance video provided to Eyewitness News shows the quick police response.
Within three minutes of the incident, multiple state troopers and New Castle County police rushed to help. Two ambulances arrived and paramedics ran toward the officer.
“He was located in the grass median there by another New Castle County Police Officer,” Austin said. “He was subsequently transported to Christiana Hospital. He’s currently there.”
Now, police are trying to figure out why the driver sped off, and are asking that person to reach out.MORE NEWS: Cell Phone Video Captures 4-Alarm Blaze At Howard Johnson Hotel In Blackwood
“We understand sometimes people are scared, they don’t know what to do and they may panic,” Austin said. “Come forward, speak to our investigators and let’s resolve this situation the easiest way possible.”