Police arrest suspect accused of dragging OPD officer with car

Police arrest suspect accused of dragging OPD officer with car

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Police say Earl Cook was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Christian County.

Police said the suspect of dragging an OPD officer with a car was identified as 20-year-old Earl Cook, Crofton, KY.

Earl R. Cook
Earl R. Cook (Source: DCDC)

It happened during a possible drug investigation just before 10:45 Sunday night on Center Street.

Police say officers went up to a car with several people crowded around it. Those outside the car ran off to a nearby apartment.

Police say the man in the car wouldn’t get out when officers asked. That’s when Officer Kyle Mullins tried to open the door. The man started to fight and then took off driving, dragging the officer.

Police say Officer Mullins was taken to the hospital with what they believe are non-life-threatening injuries. He was released Monday.

“You know that those dangers are out there," Sgt. Jason Lee said. "And you try to be safe and put yourself in good situations, and you hope that it doesn’t happen to you but in reality is that it can, any day or you know in the middle of any night.”

Owensboro police say Cook is wanted on charges of felony assault and fleeing/evading police.

Police say Cook may have a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you know anything about what happened or know where Cook is, call the Owensboro Police Department at 270-687-8888, or leave an anonymous tip with at Crime Stoppers at 270-687-8484.

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