Logan Co. deputy dragged by fleeing car before pursuit ends in crash; suspects jump from moving car

Posted at 8:07 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 12:25:37-04

LOGAN COUNTY, Colo. — A man was arrested and a second man is on the run after authorities say they dragged an officer with their car and then led police on a chase that started in Sterling and ended in a crash near Brush in Morgan County Sunday.

The Logan County Sheriff’s deputy was not injured, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Deputies arrested the alleged driver, 33-year-old Randy Palmer, after a short foot chase that ensued when the two suspects bailed from their moving car following a collision with a pursuing patrol vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

The second suspect, identified as 25-year-old Shaun Miner, was able to get away. But the Logan County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday afternoon that he had been arrested in Sterling.

The incident began when the Logan County deputy initiated a traffic stop. A woman was seen driving the car with Palmer in the front passenger seat and Miner in the back, according to the sheriff’s office.

When the deputy pulled the suspects’ car over, the unidentified female driver got out and took off running, police said. It’s not clear if she has been identified or is facing charges.

The deputy then approached the car and reached inside to attempt to turn the suspects’ vehicle’s motor off when Palmer slid over to the driver’s side and took off, dragging the deputy for several feet.

Palmer was booked on suspicion of attempted first degree murder, first degree assault on a peace officer, eluding, and reckless endangerment. Miner was wanted for complicity to the charges Palmer is facing.

Before Sunday's incident, the two suspects were wanted for fleeing a halfway house in Greeley, the sheriff’s office said.