Police are searching for a suspect who they say struck an officer while fleeing from a traffic stop in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Wellesley police say an officer stopped the suspect's car around 7:09 p.m. Saturday on Worcester Street at Route 128. The vehicle was a silver 2017 Nissan Altima with a temporary registration tag 38C7291 from an unknown state. While performing a records check, the officer discovered the car was stolen out of Delaware.
When the officer attempted to take the suspect into custody, a struggle ensued and the suspect began driving eastbound on Worcester Street, dragging the officer.
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The officer was able to free himself from the vehicle after approximately traveling 15 feet.
He was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The officer has not been identified but Wellesley police say he has been with the department for two years.
Police believe the suspect is 37-year-old Theodore William Newton, of Newark, Delaware. He is described as a black male, around 190 pounds with a thin build, approximately 5'9", with close trimmed facial hair and brown eyes.
Newton was last seen wearing a black winter wool cap, black winter puffy jacket and dark colored jeans.
He is wanted by the Wellesley Police Department for various motor vehicle related charges, assault and battery on a police officer with a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest.
Wellesley police say the suspect has a lengthy police record throughout the East Coast.
Police are reviewing dash cam video as part of this active investigation.