Man arrested after allegedly dragging police officer through parking lot

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Raymond Dawes was charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement for allegedly dragging an officer through a parking lot while attempting to avoid arrest. By Andrew Michalscheck Raymond Dawes was charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement for allegedly dragging an officer through a parking lot while attempting to avoid arrest. By Andrew Michalscheck

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa Police have charged a man with multiple counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement for allegedly dragging an officer through a parking lot while attempting to avoid arrest.

Early Thursday morning, a Mesa PD patrol Lieutenant pulled into a Circle K at Signal Butte and Southern Avenue to purchase a drink. While inside the store, the clerk told the officer about a vehicle that had been parked near a gas pump for the past 45 minutes.

The officer approached the vehicle and found Raymond Dawes, 31, asleep inside. Several empty beer containers were also inside the vehicle.

Dawes reportedly showed signs of impairment, and began fumbling with paperwork when the officer asked him to provide identification.

Dawes then quickly started his vehicle, forcing the officer to reach inside to try to keep him from driving off.  The officer’s arm wound up getting stuck inside the car, and he was dragged for a short distance before finally freeing his arm.

Dawes proceeded to lead police on a chase, and was finally stopped when an officer executed a successful PIT maneuver.

As police attempted to keep Dawes from fleeing after the PIT maneuver, he allegedly drove into a patrol vehicle in an attempt to escape.

Dawes was subsequently apprehended and taken into custody.

The officer who was dragged through the Circle K parking lot was taken to the hospital for an injury to his shoulder. No other injuries were reported.