PARKER - Two people were arrested early Thursday morning after a Parker police officer was dragged by a car during a traffic stop at Parker Road and Valley Hi Drive.
At 1:23 a.m., the officer stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and ran a check on the driver, Kent Scott Williams, 49, who had previous driving restraints. He was taken into custody.
Following the arrest, the officer saw a man under the rear seat floorboard, hiding under miscellaneous items. They attempted to contact the man when an altercation started.
Police say the man, later identified as Justin Wayne Lamb, 29, jumped from the rear seat to the driver seat and tried to drive the car.
A female officer ran to the car and tried to turn off the ignition, but police say Lamb began to accelerate north on Parker Road. The officer was dragged by the car over the center median, into the southbound lanes, through a fence and down an embankment where the car finally came to a stop.
Lamb then fled on foot through a field. A woman inside the car, Lexi Erwin,18, was detained. Erwin was later released.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office came in with a K9 to search for Lamb. The K9 was able to track down Lamb, who was hiding in a tree.
He was arrested and faces charges of second-degree assault, vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, felony eluding and various other traffic charges.
Erwin faces accessory to a crime charges and the original driver, Williams, was booked for several traffic charges.
The officer was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured. According to Parker police, the officer has been with the department for about three years.
All of the suspects were taken to Douglas County Jail.
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