Trooper dragged by car, pinned between two vehicles during traffic stop

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An Auburn man has been arrested after he allegedly dragged a State Trooper with his car, ultimately pinning the trooper between two vehicles during a traffic stop.

According to State Police, on Dec. 18, troopers conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck that was parked in a lot near Syracuse Upstate Market along the 100 block of Merriman Avenue.

Troopers say the driver, Shaun Clark, was unable to produce a driver’s license or any sort of valid identification and was visibly nervous. 
 
Troopers asked Clark to exit the vehicle.  

As they began to search Clark, he abruptly ran and re-entered his vehicle.

 He then sped forward, dragging Trooper Andrew Skerpon with him.  The vehicle struck the building in front of the pickup truck, and then backed up striking a marked State Police vehicle, pinning Trooper Skerpon between the two vehicles, according to State Police.

Clark fled the scene, troopers say.

State Police were able to catch up with Clark after he crashed. 
 
Clark was charged with the following:

  •  Assault on a Police Officer, a class “C” felony
  • Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, a class “D” felony
  • Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, a class “A” misdemeanor
  • Resisting Arrest, class “A” misdemeanor
  • Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd degree, a class “A” misdemeanor
  • Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd degree, a class “A” misdemeanor
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, a class “A” misdemeanor

Clark was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center for centralized arraignment.
 
Trooper Skerpon was transported by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital where he was treated and released. 

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