Police say a Weymouth suspect dragged a Boston police officer with his vehicle, sending him to the hospital with non-life treating injuries.
Officers pulled Eric J. Nelson, 46 of Weymouth over near Devon Street and Vaughn Avenue in Dorchester on Sunday morning after observing what they suspected was a drug deal.
When approached by police, Nelson allegedly gunned the engine of his vehicle and sped down Columbia Road with the officer holding onto the passenger’s side window, police said.
The dragged officer sustained injuries to his lung, spleen, and back, police said.
Nelson was later arrested when he was finally stopped by police. He is now the target of an arrest warrant after he apparently fled the arraignment session of Dorchester District Court on Monday , where he was to face charges that he bought a bag of heroin and then fled Boston Police officers as they approached his car, dragging one down Columbia Road, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.
Nelson posted $1,000 cash bail after his arrest on Sunday morning, appeared in court Monday, but when his case was called, he was not present in the courthouse.
While trying to resist arrest on Sunday, Nelson allegedly sped down Columbia Road over the posted speed limit, crossing double lines, and failing to stop for red lights before turning onto Dorchester Avenue and ultimately the rear driveway of a Mt. Vernon Street residence. Nelson allegedly ran into that residence, where officers pursued him and apprehended him on a second-floor landing, the Suffolk District Attorney released in a statement.
When surrounded by police, Nelson surrendered by stating “You got me,” police said.
The man who allegedly sold Nelson the heroin, Miguel Arroyo, 44 of Dorchester will be summonsed to court at a later date.