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TONTITOWN -- A 54-year-old man has been arrested and a northwest Arkansas police officer escaped serious injury after being dragged by the man's pickup during an early-morning confrontation.

Tontitown police Chief Joey McCormick said in a statement that officers responded early Sunday to a report of an intoxicated man urinating in public.

The man sped away in the pickup when an officer attempted to question him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

But McCormick says the officer's equipment became snagged on the vehicle and he was dragged about 70 feet before falling to the ground.

The pickup then ran over the officer, who was later treated and released from a hospital.

The pickup was tracked to a home in Springdale, where Eddie Lee Marchant was arrested.

It's not clear if Marchant has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

NW News on 12/31/2018

Print Headline: Tontitown officer dragged by pickup during confrontation

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