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Driver accused of dragging Army recruiter under SUV faces charges


The man accused of hitting two Army recruiters in Roseville on Tuesday, dragging one of them for nearly a mile underneath a Jeep, has been charged.

The Pioneer Press reports 52-year-old Enrico Darius Taylor of Minneapolis faces three counts of criminal vehicular operation.

Both victims, 42-year-old Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson of Circle Pines and 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud of Brooklyn Park, suffered non life-threatening injuries when the Jeep Taylor was driving hit them as they walked near the Crossroads of Roseville Mall.

Stroud went up over the hood of the vehicle after he was hit, but Torgerson's boot got caught in the rear axle of the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, two witnesses spotted Taylor stop and use his foot to attempt to free Torgerson, but it was unsuccessful and Taylor continued driving anyway.

Torgerson was dragged for more than half a mile when he was finally freed, suffering significant injuries. The complaint stated Torgerson had flesh on his backside that was "ground down to the bone," a plate needed to be inserted into his heel and rods were placed in his legs.

When officers questioned Taylor, he first denied being the driver of the Jeep, KARE 11 reports. Taylor later claimed he was blinded by the sun and couldn't see the men walking. The suspect said he "freaked out" because his license was suspended.

Online court records show Taylor has a lengthy criminal history with more than 40 cases filed against him, ranging from assault and domestic abuse to drug offenses and aggravated robbery.

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