FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Three people are facing charges after a Massachusetts State Police trooper was reportedly dragged by a car during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.
The trooper pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Pleasant and 17th streets shortly after learning the owner’s insurance had been revoked last fall, according to police.
The driver, identified by police as 27-year-old Keysh Resto Alejandro, told the trooper that she didn’t have her license on her and the car wasn’t hers.
The trooper then informed Resto Alejandro and her passenger that the car was going to be towed, according to police, and suggested she call someone to pick them up.
The registered owner of the vehicle, identified by police as 41-year-old Maria Melendez Rivera, pulled up in another car a short time later. Melendez Rivera arrived just as the trooper discovered Resto Alejandro’s passenger, identified by police as 22-year-old Steven Melendez, had three warrants out for his arrest.
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The trooper attempted to take Melendez into custody, but he broke free and hopped into Melendez Rivera’s other car with Resto Alejandro, according to police.
When the trooper ran up to the car and tried to pull Melendez out of the vehicle, police said Melendez Rivera sped off.
The trooper held onto Melendez, who police said was kicking and punching him, as the vehicle accelerated. He was dragged for “about a block” before letting go and falling onto the pavement, according to police.
Police said the trooper was brought to Saint Luke’s Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. He returned and worked the rest of his shift a few hours later.
Melendez Rivera, who’s Melendez’s mother, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after she troopers spotted her car on I-195 East in Westport, according to police. She is facing numerous charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer and negligent operation.
Resto Alejandro and Melendez were arrested in Warwick a few hours later, according to police.
Melendez is charged with assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. He was also charged in connection with the three other arrest warrants, one of which stemmed from a shooting in New Bedford two years ago, according to police.
Resto Alejandro, who police later confirmed is Melendez’s girlfriend, has been charged with accessory after the fact and interfering with a police officer.
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