Cedar Rapids police release additional details on dragging incident that injured officer

Information sought about hit-and-run suspect, vehicle

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police have released additional details about the Saturday night incident that left an officer injured after they say he was dragged by a fleeing motorist.

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said the incident took place after another Cedar Rapids officer arrested a motorist for driving with a suspended license around 11:20 p.m. in the 1200 block of Collins Road NE. The officer who was later injured — Cody Mosher — assisted on the traffic stop and offered to wait with the vehicle until it could be towed, Buelow said.

Buelow said a passenger in the vehicle that was pulled over was placed in the back of the squad car. Mosher was going to give the passenger a ride home and was speaking with the passenger from outside of his squad car. Buelow said Mosher had activated the rear emergency lights and directional arrow sticks to direct vehicles away from the squad car.

As the officer was speaking to the passenger, Mosher heard the screeching sound of a vehicle braking, Buelow said. A vehicle — described as a gold or brownish “Nissan-type vehicle” — then hit the back of the squad car. Buelow said Mosher went back to the car, opened the passenger door and told the driver to stop and get out of the vehicle. However, police said the driver put the car in reverse and continued backward.

Buelow said Mosher was pushed underneath the passenger door and dragged a short distance before he was able to get out from under the door. The tow truck driver then helped the officer get out of the road so he was not in traffic, Buelow said. Mosher hit his head on the road during the incident. He was taken to a hospital and later released, Buelow said.

The passenger in Mosher’s squad car — who was wearing a seat belt — was not injured.

Buelow said the police department is not releasing any dash camera footage of the incident because of the open investigation. Police still are looking for the suspect vehicle — which has front end damage — and the driver, a thin woman with long hair.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Cedar Rapids police at (319) 286-5491.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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