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Charges: Milton officer injured by fleeing drug dealer

Charges: Milton officer injured by fleeing drug dealer

Charges: Milton officer injured by fleeing drug dealer

Milton Police Department Officer Erik Haney was injured after a suspect’s car hit him to avoid arrest Wednesday.

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A Milton police officer is facing recovery and will likely need multiple surgeries after suffering serious injuries while trying to apprehend a suspected drug dealer.

Officer Erik Haney was on the scene outside a Taco Bell and was about to arrest the man when he was dragged by a vehicle that ran over his leg. Haney was hospitalized and had to undergo surgery for his injuries.

“His condition was upgraded to good after he came out of surgery. He still can’t stand up and it looks like he may have injuries to his left leg after it broke,” Milton Police Chief Tony Hernandez told the News Tribune. “He might have a torn ACL in his right leg, so he might need more surgeries.”

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Jory Edward Nelson, 32, of Seattle, was arrested and charged with first degree assault, vehicular assault, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, failure to restrain at accident and attempted to elude a pursuing police vehicle, court records show. .

A not guilty plea was entered on Nelson’s behalf during his arraignment Thursday. Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Barbara McInvaille set his bond at $200,000, records show.

The incident began at 4:12 a.m. when Milton Police Officer Jacob Wilcox received a tip: A drug deal was about to take place at a Taco Bell on Meridian Avenue East. The deal was to take place between the informant and Nelson, according to charging documents. Nelson was reportedly carrying about an ounce of fentanyl.

Nelson arrived in a black SUV at 5:30 a.m. and pulled up next to the witness’s vehicle. Haney was one of the officers at the scene. He approached Nelson’s SUV to arrest him. Nelson was in the back seat and climbed into the driver’s seat. He then tried to start the vehicle, prosecutors wrote.

Haney tried to grab Nelson’s arm. Nelson revved the SUV’s engine and drove off, dragging Haney, who was still clinging to the driver’s door area. Haney fell and the SUV ran over his leg before exiting the parking lot, prosecutors wrote.

At the hospital, before surgery, Haney told detectives his arm was pinned when Nelson hit the SUV’s gas. Haney broke free but fell to the ground. Nelson then allegedly drove over the legs, prosecutors wrote.

Kent police officers arrested Nelson, documents show. Officers allegedly found more than 26 grams of fentanyl, seven bags of “magic” mushrooms, three bags of marijuana, a bag of methamphetamine, digital scales and a fake gun in the SUV.

Nelson had a warrant for his arrest from the Kent Police Department for knowing possession of a controlled substance, records show.

Hernandez said there has been an outpouring of community support, which has lifted Haney’s spirits. People left flowers and cards. He is encouraged that the community is well-wishing and praying for him, Hernandez added

“These young men and women go out every day on behalf of the community and try to keep the streets safe. We can’t do this without the support of the community and (this incident) is a prime example of the community rallying behind officers,” he said.

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Puneet Bsanti is a breaking news reporter for The News Tribune. After graduating from Washington State University in 2023, she was an intern for the Bellingham Herald. She was born and raised in the Bay Area of ​​California.
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