VIDEO: Florida man drags officer with his car for half-mile

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Authorities say a man dragged a Florida police officer with his car for a half-mile and led other officers on a high-speed chase that ended in his capture.


Pembroke Pines police said in a news release that 38-year-old Thomas Cabrera was charged with attempted murder for his actions Tuesday.

Police body-camera video shows Officer Jon Cusack reaching into a sitting car in which Cabrera and a woman were suspected of using drugs. The video then shows Cabrera taking off, dragging the 19-year police veteran for a half-mile before Cusack tumbles off.

Authorities say Cusack will survive but has significant injuries.

Cabrera then led police on a 20-mile (30-kilometer) chase that snarled rush-hour traffic. Authorities say they found syringes and other drug-related items in the car.

Court records don’t list a lawyer for Cabrera.