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Durham Police Officer Dragged By SUV

Posted February 7, 2006 8:57 a.m. EST

— Durham police are searching for a suspect who dragged an officer with his sports utility vehicle.

Authorities say at around midnight, Officer C.J. Callemyn stopped a black Chevrolet Tahoe on Briggs Avenue after he noticed what appeared to be a drug transaction at a nearby parking lot.

Callemyn approached the vehicle and asked the driver for license and registration. When the driver told Callemyn that he did not have a license, he asked the driver to step out of the vehicle.

The driver then took off, but Callemyn's arm somehow got stuck in the vehicle.

Callemyn was dragged for more than two blocks while the vehicle was going more than 45 mph. The vehicle later veered to the left, causing Callemyn to be thrown approximately 100 feet into the roadway.

Callemyn was treated for cuts and bruises and later released from Duke University Hospital.

Police found the vehicle abandoned behind an apartment on Angier Avenue. Officers spoke to the vehicle's owner and learned that he was not driving the vehicle at the time of the incident. No charges have been filed at this time.

The driver is described as a black male, 25 to 28 years old with a medium complexion. He was wearing a white leather jacket. The passenger, who was sitting in the back right passenger seat, was described as a black male, 30 to 35 years old, with a heavy build and medium-length hair. He was wearing a blue ball cap.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the driver or his passenger, you are asked to contact Durham police.