Cecil Co. deputies dragged, struck by car while responding to domestic assault

    Cecil Co. deputies dragged, struck by car while responding to domestic assault

    ELKTON, Md. (WBFF) - A Cecil County Sheriff's Office deputy was dragged, and another was struck by a vehicle, while responding to a domestic assault in Elkton on Halloween night.

    The deputies responded to Avalon Avenue at about 5:45 p.m. to a home where a female victim said a male suspect was trying to choke her during an argument and also tried to punch her, according to a press release Thursday.

    The suspect, who had left the home earlier, then returned in his black Volkswagen Jetta, speeding through the neighborhood while "trick or treating" was starting, reported the Sheriff's Office.

    After Cpl. Jonathan Pristash ordered the suspect, Angel Louis Rodriguez (who is white, 36 years old, and lives at that address) to get out of the car, Pritash reached inside the car to try to stop it from moving.

    Rodriguez was able to move the car, dragging Pristash as he was partly in the vehicle.

    Cpl. Mark Messner then approached the passenger side of the car, and was struck by an open door from the moving vehicle.

    Pristash was ultimately able to get Rodriguez and himself from the car. Pristash was also struck by the car during the struggle, reported the Sheriff's Office.

    Rodriguez tried to remove Pristash's gun from his holster and continued to actively resist arrest, said the Sheriff's Office.

    Messner saw the unoccupied car headed toward the road, and ran after the vehicle, succeeding in redirecting it from pedestrians. Messner was struck by the car during these events, and the car continued through a nearby yard before finally striking a parked GMC Yukon.

    Pristash and Messner were taken to Union Hospital and later released.

    Rodriguez was taken to Shock Trauma and remains hospitalized as of Thursday.

    He is set to be charged with two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault of a law-enforcement officer, three counts of obstructing and hindering, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and negligent driving.

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