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BODY CAM VIDEO: Florida Police officer dragged nearly half-mile clinging to suspect vehicle

Posted at 10:13 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 01:13:23-05

Florida police officers arrested a man Tuesday who is accused of dragging an officer nearly half a mile with his vehicle and then leading police on a pursuit along an interstate in Broward County.

The entire dragging was all caught on body camera video. 

The footage was released Tuesday by Pembroke Pines Police Department in Pembroke Pines, FL according to, WPLG in Florida. 

The driver Thomas Cabrera, 38, faces charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Pembroke Pines police said Officer Jon Cusack, a 19-year veteran of the force, was called to a possible overdose in a car at Century Village.

Police said a security guard in the neighborhood called authorities after spotting a man and a woman inside the car who were unconscious. A clear baggie containing an unknown substance could also be seen inside the car, authorities said.

Police said Cabrera placed the car into drive when Cusack woke him up and tried to leave the scene.

Cusack reached into the vehicle to try to prevent Cabrera from leaving, and was dragged for more than half a mile by the vehicle as Cabrera drove at a high rate of speed, authorities said.

Police said Cusack clung to the vehicle to avoid being run over.

When a Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue crew responded to the initial overdose call Cabrera changed his direction of travel and tried to crash into their truck to cause Cusack to fall from his vehicle, police said.

Authorities said Cusack eventually released his hold once the driver slowed his speed as he approached the Century Village exit.

Cusack was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The car that struck Cusack got onto northbound Interstate 75 before continuing east on I-595.

It eventually slowed down because of oncoming traffic, allowing officers to corner the suspects on the shoulder.

Police with their guns drawn ordered the suspects out of the car.

All lanes of eastbound I-595 were closed during the takedown.

The female suspect has not yet been identified and it's unclear whether she will face charges.

"We wish to thank our residents who have offered both support and prayers for the safety of our officers during this time. We also want to extend our gratitude to our neighboring law enforcement agencies who helped us take these suspects into custody," the Pembroke Pines Police Department said in a statement.