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PD: Mesa officer dragged by driver fleeing contact at gas station

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Posted at 11:31 AM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 14:33:58-04

A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier this month on charges including aggravated assault on an officer after an incident in Mesa. 

According to police documents, Soloman Ronald Burley was first seen unconscious in his vehicle at a gas station near Southern Avenue and Stapley Drive. 

An officer opened the door to wake Burley when the officer noticed a strong marijuana odor coming from the vehicle. Burley ignored commands to get out of the car and instead put the car in gear to drive off, dragging the officer by the wrist. 

The officer's leg hit a concrete barrier, causing an injury that required an ambulance trip to the hospital. 

A second arriving officer saw what happened and pursued the fleeing vehicle for a short time before losing sight of the car. 

Burley was located a few days later at a barber shop in Mesa with a backpack of marijuana, a barber license and debit card matching his name.

An officer's body camera confirmed the defendant to be the one involved in the incident.  

He was found to have warrants out of Maricopa County, Mesa and Tempe. He was arrested for aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, unlawful flight from law enforcement and marijuana possession.