Suspect drags officers 15 feet

February 14, 2009 1:30:33 PM PST
Police say the suspect "gunned" his car with two officers still attached. On Friday, February 13, 2009, at approximately 6:28 PM, Officer Vitanovitz and Officer Cangelosi working in full uniform reported that they stopped a silver Chevy Impala at 200 S. 48th Street for a motor vehicle violation.

During the investigation, the officers smelled a scent of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.

The driver, suspect Allan Thomas, was asked to exit the vehicle and as the officers attempted to detain him, the defendant began to push, punch and kick the officers numerous times about their chest and mid section areas.

A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to break free from the officer's control and re-entered the vehicle, seated behind the steering wheel with handcuffs attached to his right wrist.

At that time the officers reported that the suspect "Gunned" the car, speeding away while dragging both officers approximately fifteen feet along the street.

The officers lost sight of the vehicle as it turned eastbound on Locust Street from 48th Street.

Officer Cangelosi reported that he was not injured and Officer Vitanovitz reported a scrape to his knee. The investigation revealed that the suspect is on current house arrest with a monitoring device.

The suspect, Allan Edward Thomas, is a 26-year-old black male from Yeadon, Pa. He has been previously arrested for robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, firearms violations, and narcotic violations. He is currently on probation.

Officer Lloyd surveyed the immediate area and found the suspect's vehicle unoccupied in the 200 Block of South Farragut Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by dialing 911, 215-686-TIPS or Southwest Detectives (215-686-3183/84).

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