PACIFICA, Calif. -- A Pacifica police officer was injured Friday when a man she had stopped for a traffic violation tried to escape in his car, dragging the officer about 10 feet. The officer pulled 49-year-old Kieran McCarty over at about 11:50 a.m. at state Highway 1 and Crespi Drive, police said. McCarty was cooperative at first and was in the process of being cited and released for driving on a suspended license when he started his car in an attempt to flee, according to police. The officer reached into the vehicle to try to stop McCarty from taking off, but McCarty accelerated. The officer was dragged for about 10 feet before falling onto the roadway, suffering moderate injuries, police said. Other units pursued McCarty for about three miles until his engine died. He was taken into custody without incident. The officer has since been released from a hospital, police said.
Submitted by Jim Alex