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Virginia State Police trooper avoids injuries after being dragged three miles on I-295

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An unbelievable story out of Henrico County – a Virginia State Police trooper was dragged by a fleeing suspect in an SUV for three miles on I-295 at speeds of up to 115 mph before the SUV crashed into two tractor-trailers, and the trooper suffered only minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver, Milton Jermaine Lewis, 38, of Delaware, fled the scene of the accident near the Creighton Road exit. He was apprehended at 6:18 p.m. near Cold Harbor Road, according to State Police.

The episode began at 4:08 p.m. when the trooper observed a 2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV speeding as it traveled south on I-295 in Henrico County.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop, and the SUV pulled off onto the shoulder at the 37-mile marker.

The traffic stop was for 97 mph in the 70-posted zone.

The trooper approached the SUV on the passenger side, but the driver sped off at a high rate of speed, which caused the passenger side door to close on the trooper.

Lewis was charged with reckless driving by speeding, felony eluding of a police officer,  having a concealed weapon, altering a serial number on a firearm, felony assault of a law enforcement officer, abduction, attempted capital murder, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, no seatbelt, and felony hit and run.

He suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

Chris Graham

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