Suspected Car Thief Dies After Dragging Deputy

From Times Staff Reports

A suspected car thief was killed after he used his car to drag a police officer a short distance, and then drove into a power pole at a high rate of speed Monday afternoon, authorities said.

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy pulled over a car for a traffic stop shortly before 3 p.m. at Foothill and Vineyard, said Robin Haynal, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department.

When the deputy realized the car was stolen, the driver took off, dragging the officer for a few feet and prompting him to shoot. The suspect then drove into a power pole and was killed.

The officer wasn't injured, Haynal said.

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