A Texas state trooper is recovering after being dragged down an interstate by a suspected drunk driver.
The trooper shot the driver after freeing himself.
The intense encounter started when the trooper tried to pull over the driver of a Chrysler SUV in Greenville around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The trooper tried to arrest the man on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, or DWI, after conducting a field sobriety test, reported CBS.
But the driver sprinted back to his car and took off.
“The trooper was able to make the traffic stop, conduct the interview, determine there was probable cause for that driving while intoxicated arrest, attempt to place the individual in custody. But somehow he was attached to that vehicle and dragged,” Lt. Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, told Fox 4.
The trooper was finally able to free himself after being dragged about 100 yards, and shot the driver, causing the driver to crash the SUV into a median.
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The trooper pursued the driver after the suspect exited the vehicle and tried to flee on foot.
Both the trooper and suspect were treated at hospitals for injuries that were deemed non-life threatening.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.