Driver Rams Into Patrol Car, Drags Deputy Down Road During Police Chase

Rodrigo Moran, 26 (Credit: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

SACRAMENTO COUNTY — After slamming into a patrol car, a driver dragged a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy down a roadway during a police chase Saturday.

Sgt. Shaun Hampton with the Sheriff’s Department reports Rodrigo Moran, 26, initially refused to stop for deputies and, as he drove away, he rammed into a pursuing patrol car.

When deputies were able to stop Moran and speak with him at his driver’s side door he would not get out and, once again, sped away. As he left the scene, one of the deputies was dragged down the road by the man’s car.

According to Sgt. Hampton, the 26-year-old eventually ran from his car. Officials, with the help of air and K-9 units, searched the surrounding area until Moran was found hiding in a backyard near Sagebrush Way and Tacomic Drive in Foothill Farms.

Moran was hospitalized after he sustained a bite wound from one of the K-9s. He was arrested and charged on suspicion of assaulting a peace officer and felony evasion of a peace officer in a vehicle.

Hampton says the car did not appear to be stolen.