Suspect charged after NC officer dragged down interstate

Celso Avila-Aguilar

Celso Avila-Aguilar

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Authorities said an Asheville police officer was injured after a motorist grabbed her arm and drove off, dragging her about 130 feet down the interstate.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that it happened to 40-year-old Senior Police Officer Ann Fowler after she pulled over 31-year-old Celso Avila-Aguilar.

Authorities said it happened around 12:10 a.m. Saturday along Interstate 240. Police said the suspect was pulled over on suspicion of driving while impaired.

The suspect was uncooperative and refused to get out of the vehicle, according to officials.

Police tried to remove him from the car, but the suspect allegedly grabbed officer Fowler’s arm, pinned it to the steering wheel, and took off.

Investigators said it is a miracle Fowler was not seriously injured. She fell into the middle of the interstate and was able to dodge several oncoming cars, according to officials.

Authorities said the suspect rammed another police car before stopping. He faces eight charges including second-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

Read more: The Asheville Citizen-Times


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