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Brick officer recovering after being dragged by pickup

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a southern New Jersey police officer is recovering from injuries suffered when he was dragged about 250 feet by a pickup truck driven by a man who later led officers on a high-speed chase through several towns.

Brick Patrolman Mark Nixon suffered a fractured rib, sprained knee and a bruised elbow in the April 18 incident, which was made public Wednesday.

Authorities say Nixon stopped the truck driven by Ronald DeFreitas of Toms River, and learned there was a warrant for his arrest. DeFreitas then allegedly drove off as Nixon approached

Nixon held on to the driver’s side door, but was tossed when DeFreitas made a turn. Nixon then returned to his police cruiser and drove off in pursuit.

The high-speed chase ended with DeFreitas’ arrest in Lakewood.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.