"They're just two officers doing their job and this happened this evening." - Captain Genelle Moore
Two Lincoln Police officers are hurt during a traffic stop.
According to Lincoln Police Captain Genelle Moore, just before midnight Sunday night, officer Matt Fisher made a traffic stop in the driveway of Goodyear Tire store at 20th and Cornhusker. As a back up, another officer, Aaron Beasley arrived at the stop as well.
Moore said, the driver, 18-year-old Shahbaz Mohammad gave a false name and when asked to get out of the car, he refused.
Police say Mohammad then began searching vehicle compartments for something. Fearing a weapon, one officer reached into the car to unlock the door.
That's when police say Mohammad put the car in drive and sped off.
They say Officer Fisher was drug 130 feet before falling off, but Officer Beasley was taken on a much longer ride.
"He held on as the vehicle rapidly accelerated through the lot and then went east bound on Cornhusker, even violating the red light at 27th and Cornhusker. Speeds at that point reached up to 70 miles per hour," Officer Katie Flood said.
Officer Beasley was finally able to get away from the car when it slowed down to 20 miles per hour near 31st and Cornhusker, 10 blocks from the original traffic stop.
A short pursuit was called off when speeds reached 100 miles per hour.
Police arrested Mohammad at about five Monday morning for fleeing to avoid arrest and two counts of assaulting an officer.
Moore says both officers were treated for their injuries and released from Bryan West. Both men suffered mostly scrapes to their legs.