Man arrested after dragging Surprise police officer with car

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SURPRISE -- A Surprise man was arrested after he dragged a police officer with his car.

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Surprise police officer dragged by car - A Surprise man has been arrested for allegedly dragging a police officer with his car.

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According to the Surprise Police Department, Officer Rudy Guinea stopped to check a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Verde Street and Santa Fe Drive in Surprise at approximately 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Sgt. Mark Ortega said Guinea saw a man sitting slumped over the steering wheel of the late-model Honda, which still had its engine running.

After getting no response from the man, Guinea touched him on the shoulder to check his welfare as he identified himself as a police officer.

Ortega said the man suddenly and violently grabbed Guinea's arm, put the vehicle in drive, and attempted to drive away with the officer.

Guinea was able to wrestle the vehicle's transmission into park, but the man immediately put the car back in drive and started driving away, still holding the officer's arm.

With his free hand, Guinea was able to reach his Taser and used it on the driver. The officer placed the vehicle in park after being dragged approximately 40 yards and took the man into custody.

Ortega said Guinea was not injured during the incident.

The man was identified as Carlos Mendez, 31.

Mendez was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and DUI. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.