Man accused of dragging Brooklyn officer with car charged

Posted at 1:13 PM, Feb 27, 2017

A Brook Park man accused of dragging a police officer with his vehicle is scheduled to appear in court Monday. 

Thomas LaForce is charged with felony fleeing and eluding and assault on a police officer after he refused to exit his vehicle during a stop Friday, according to a Brooklyn police news release.

An officer stopped LaForce, 34, at 2:11 p.m. and immediately recognized him from an unrelated Feb. 20 theft at a Sam's Club. LaForce refused to get out of the vehicle. The officer attempted to remove LaForce from the vehicle when he drove away. 

LaForce dragged the officer a short distance. He was later arrested after his vehicle flipped on its side following a short chase. 

The officers were treated at a local hospital and released. They later returned to work.  

LaForce is also charged with the theft. 

He is scheduled to the Parma Municipal Court.