ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after being dragged by a suspect in downtown Orlando.
Authorities say this happened around 3:00 a.m. on West Colonial Drive and Orange Ave. According to FHP, a trooper tried to stop a 2014 Toyota Corolla. When the car was forced to stop at the train tracks, they say that's when the male driver jumped out of the car and made a run for it.
Troopers are looking for a white 2014 Toyota Corolla with a Florida Tag “JDFD72” in connection with dragging a trooper on a traffic stop this morning on Colonial Drive. Trooper is OK. If you see this vehicle call FHP at 407-737-2213. pic.twitter.com/YXczZbCJl2— FHP Orlando (@FHPOrlando) June 20, 2019
The trooper, identified as Victor Rivera, 29, chased after him on foot. The driver reportedly ran back to the car where the passenger moved over into the driver's seat and attempted to drive away, at the same time, dragging the Trooper Rivera for about 100-feet.
He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for abrasions, bumps and bruises.
FHP troopers have located the white, 2014 Toyota Corolla. The suspects are still at large.