SANDWICH — A New Bedford man is under arrest after he tried to escape from police during a traffic stop on Cape Cod and dragged a police officer about 30 feet.

Cape Wide News is reporting that on Monday evening, Sandwich Police pulled over a vehicle and removed both the driver and the passenger from the vehicle on suspicion of operating under the influence of alcohol. Police also saw evidence of drugs in the vehicle.

While attempting to detain one of the suspects, 20-year-old Trevon M. Souza of New Bedford, he broke away and got into the driver's seat of the vehicle. As the officer tried to get inside the vehicle and pull him out, Souza began to drive away, dragging the officer about 30 feet before he let go and landed in the road. The officer was not injured in the incident.

Both Plymouth Police and State Police searched for Souza, locating him at a residence in Plymouth. He was arrested and charged with possession of a Class B substance, two counts of operating to endanger, marked lanes violation, operating with a suspended license, failing to stop for police, failing to identify self to a police officer, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and assault and battery on a police officer with a dangerous weapon.

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