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Charles City police officer struck and dragged by fleeing Minnesota man during auto chase

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City police officer was injured and hospitalized after he was struck and dragged by a fleeing Minnesota man during an auto chase Thursday morning.

According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday morning at about 2:49 AM, the Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop on Highway 14 west of Charles City. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit started as it entered the city on Highway 14. The pursuit continued around Charles City for sometime and terminated near N Jackson St and Lane St as a CCPD officer was involved in a collision with the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle continued around a business and a CCPD officer was dragged by the vehicle until he was able to disengage a short distance later. The officer sustained multiple injuries and was transported to the FCMC by the AMR ambulance service. He was treated and released.

The suspect’s vehicle then crashed into a snowbank. Bryant Johnston, 32, of North St Paul, MN was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and was charged with multiple offenses stemming from the pursuit.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Charles City Police Department, Chickasaw County, Butler County and Mitchell County Sheriffs Departments and the Iowa State Patrol.

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