New Canaan police officer dragged by moving car

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Erik Kuranko (Photo provided by the New Canaan Police Dept.)
Erik Kuranko (Photo provided by the New Canaan Police Dept.)

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 28-year veteran of the New Canaan Police Department is recovering after he was dragged by a moving vehicle. It happened on a busy stretch of Old Stamford Road just after 6 p.m. Thursday. Police received a call that a person was driving a Jetta with the headlights off and was threatening suicide. Police pulled over the driver, 24-year-old Erik Kuranko.

“(The officer) noticed his window was up, door was locked,” said Sgt. Carol Ogrino, the New Canaan public information officer. “They asked him several times to roll the window down, exit the vehicle.”

Kuranko did not cooperate with officers, so they broke the window to get inside. As officers reached in to remove Kuranko from the seat belt, officers say Kuranko put his foot on the accelerator.

“The operator was at the same time taken from the vehicle and the officer was unable to get out of the vehicle because his arm got tangled in the seat belt,” said Ogrino.

Veteran officer Lt. Fred Pickering was dragged 35 feet before the car hit a snow bank. Pickering was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Police say they found a knife with a five-inch bladeinside the car. The suspect is recovering in the hospital. His bond is set at $15,000 dollars.

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