ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper has been hospitalized this morning after she was dragged by a car during a traffic stop in St. Charles. The trooper was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Health Center on First Capitol Drive. Sgt. Al Nothum, a spokesperson for the Highway Patrol, said that the trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries.
St. Peters police pulled over the car that allegedly dragged the trooper at Highway 79 and Salt River Road. It was a red 1991 Toyota Celica.
The incident began around 1:30a.m. Thursday morning at I-70 east and Highway 94 in St. Charles.
Nothum said the trooper pulled over the Celica for a traffic stop. As she walked up to the car, the driver sped off dragging the female trooper a substantial distance. After she was able to break free, the trooper was able to get back to her cruiser and call for help.
Meanwhile, the Celica driver turned around and went west on I-70. St. Peters police spotted the car a short time later and pulled it over without any problems.
Nothum said the injured trooper is 26 years old. She has been released from the hospital.