Arraignment for man accused of dragging a Box Elder police officer with his car



     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of dragging a Box Elder police officer with a car has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges.
 
     John C. Root also has denied being a habitual offender because of prior drug convictions. If he's convicted of assault and found to be a habitual offender it could double his sentence. He faces six counts of an aggravated assault charge that carries a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison.
 
     Authorities allege that Root tried to flee from officers who tried to serve him a parole violation warrant on New Year's Day, and that a Box Elder officer became caught in a car door and was dragged for several feet. Officer Nick Rosser was not seriously injured.

     
 AP-WF-02-05-14 1310GMT

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People : John C. RootNick Rosser
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