Driver drags, hits officer before crashing into house

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - Oshkosh Police say officers were dragged by a car and one of the officers was hit before a fleeing driver crashed into a house on Doty Street Thursday afternoon.

According to police: It started with a traffic stop at 3:37 p.m. on Doty Street near 17th Ave. The driver, a 26-year-old woman, gave the officer a phony name. Another officer came to provide assistance.

As the first officer was speaking with the driver, she tried to drive away. Both officers reached in, trying to put her car into park. The driver continued, dragging the officers who were partially in the car.

One officer freed himself. "The driver accelerated towards him, thus striking him with the vehicle."

Police say the driver prevented the other officer from getting out before crashing into the home and front porch. She tried to run away but didn't get far and was taken into custody.

The officers' injuries were minor.

Police are seeking charges of first- and second-degree recklessly endangering safety, battery to a law enforcement officer and kidnapping. She was also wanted for an outstanding warrant.

Police closed the 1600-block of Doty Street for a crash team to investigate, but police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this or has information that could help their investigation.