Ala. State Trooper Dragged by Car During Traffic Stop

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State trooper Darrell Seymour says he owes his life to his training after a run in with a Mississippi man.

Seymour is recovering form some serious injuries he received on July 16th when he found himself hanging onto a car and speeding down Interstate 65.

The trooper made a routine traffic stop when he saw a pistol in the car's console. The driver took off, dragging Seymour with him at 40 miles-per-hour.

Dorris Teague, spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Safety, says 28-year-old Demarcus O'Neal Bridges of Moss Point, Mississippi, was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree possession of marijuana and traffic violations.

He was also wanted on felony warrants in Mobile County and a misdemeanor warrant in Baldwin County.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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