Three people were arrested after a man attempted to flee during a traffic stop and dragged a Parker police officer for more than a quarter of a mile.
Officers stopped a vehicle at 1:23 a.m. May 1 at South Parker Road and Valley Hi Drive, near the Douglas-Arapahoe county line. They placed the driver, Kent Scott Williams, 49, into custody for having a revoked driver’s license. After the arrest, officers observed a male passenger hiding under miscellaneous items on the rear seat floorboard.
“Officers attempted to contact the male and an altercation ensued. The male in the rear seat then jumped into the driver’s seat and attempted to gain control of the vehicle,” the department said in a statement.
A female officer ran to the driver’s side door and attempted to turn off the ignition. The suspect, later identified as Justin Wayne Lamb, 29, accelerated and drove north on South Parker Road, dragging the officer over the center median and into the southbound lanes. With the officer still hanging on, the vehicle went through a fence and down an embankment, where the car came to a stop.
Police say Lamb then fled on foot through a field. A perimeter was set up and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office responded with a K9 unit. After a “persistent K9 track,” the suspect was found in a tree and taken into custody at 4:46 a.m., more than three hours after the initial traffic stop, the department’s statement said.
The unidentified officer who was dragged by the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. She was later released from a local hospital after being examined. She is not on leave, but it is unclear when she will return to duty.
“She was dragged more than a quarter of a mile,” said Dawn Cashman, spokeswoman for the Parker Police Department. “It was a pretty good ride. We’re very thankful she didn’t sustain serious injury and that everyone, our officers and the public, is okay.”
A female passenger was detained, but later released and will not be charged. All three suspects were transported to the Douglas County Detention Center.
Investigators are still trying to find out why Lamb was trying to evade police. Cashman said she is unsure whether drugs or weapons were found in the vehicle.
Lamb faces possible charges of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, vehicle theft, reckless endangerment, felony eluding and several traffic charges, Cashman said. The vehicle was originally stopped for having expired license plate tags.
Lamb's bond was set at $400,000 during an advisement hearing May 2. His next court appearance is at 9 a.m. May 7 in Castle Rock.