Police seeking man who ran over himself

2013-08-09T00:00:00Z 2014-01-14T18:48:14Z Police seeking man who ran over himselfKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A Tucson man ran himself over while trying to flee a police officer during a traffic stop Thursday morning.

Just before 9 a.m. an officer attempted to stop a vehicle near West Grant and North Oracle roads. Instead of stopping, the man tried to evade the motorcycle officer by driving through a Walgreens parking lot.

However, because of construction at the intersection, the driver became boxed into the parking lot, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Still determined to avoid the traffic stop, the man climbed out the passenger window of his moving vehicle, but "his foot got caught in the window and he was pulled under the car and the back tire ran over him," Widmer said.

After the tire ran over the man's torso, he got up and ran away. He was last seen running south across Grant Road at North 14th Avenue, Widmer said.

Once the man abandoned his vehicle, it crashed into a garbage bin in the parking lot of a Burger King.

Police are looking for the driver, who is described as an 18- or 19-year-old man standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, and wearing a black shirt and black sweat pants with a white stripe down the side.

Investigators are curious to find out why he fled the traffic stop, but more importantly, "were concerned for his welfare because he was run over," Widmer said.

Anyone who has information about the incident or the man should call 911.

Still determined to avoid the traffic stop, the man climbed out the passenger window of his moving vehicle, but "his foot got caught in the window and he was pulled under the car and the back tire ran over him."

Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department

Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at kmatas@azstarnet.com or at 573-4191.

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