SAPD: Man shouted expletive at officer before dragging him with car

Driver in custody while passenger remains at large

SAN ANTONIO – A driver shouted "get the f--- out of here" to a San Antonio police officer Thursday night before dragging him for more than 600 feet with his car, according to the police department.

The officer pulled the driver, identified as 28-year-old Rene Garica, over at 9:15 p.m. in the 100 block of E. Commerce Street for a traffic violation, police said.

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Garcia parked his car and gave the police officer his license. The officer noticed several alcoholic drink containers in the car, police said.

Garcia then suddenly shifted his car into drive and shouted the expletive at the officer while attempting to drive away. The officer was dragged as he hung out to the car's steering wheel, police said

Garcia eventually stopped the car as the officer forced it toward a brick column.

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The man was taken into custody and will face charges of aggravated assault against a police officer and evading arrest. A passenger in the car fled from the scene, however.

The officer was treated by paramedics at the scene for his injuries. A mugshot for Garcia was not released Friday morning.

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Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.