An East Hartford officer was dragged several feet while trying to arrest a drug suspect who led police on a chase from Route 2 to Interstate 384 on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.
Police said it started around 1 p.m. when they got a tip about drug use in the area of 441 Main Street in East Hartford. Officers arrived to find a woman who flagged them down and pointed them to a truck believed to be involved in illegal drug activity.
Officers approached the truck to find a male driver and female passenger. They asked the two to show their hands and only the woman did, according to police, who said they suspected she may have been in the truck against her will.
Police tried to get the man out of the truck, but he hit the gas and drove forward, dragging an officer several feet, according to police. The officer was not hurt.
Officers followed the truck onto Route 2, Interstate 84 and finally onto I-384 in Manchester. Police said officers watched the suspects throw heroin out of the truck in the area of the Trinity Boat Launch, which investigators later recovered.
NBC Connecticut cameras were rolling as the pursuit ended on I-384 in Manchester. Police said they recovered more drugs from the truck after it stopped.
Both the man, identified as 48-year-old Canterbury resident Daniel Carpenter, and woman, 28-year-old Amy Lapointe of Pomfret, were taken into custody.
Carpenter was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, interfering with an officer, intent to assault an officer, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and several motor vehicle violations, according to police.
Lapointe was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.