SLC police seek suspect in possible aggravated kidnapping

Salt Lake City Police sought a suspect who they say dragged a woman 30 feet from a car in a suspected aggravated kidnapping on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — A suspect is being sought in a possible aggravated kidnapping after a woman was dragged by a car for nearly 30 feet in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

An officer patrolling in the area of 200 East Westminster Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. said he saw a male in a car acting strangely. When the officer approached, he saw the male struggling with a female who was trying to get out of teh car.

When the man saw the officer, he took off, dragging the female about 30 feet before she fell out of the vehicle, police say.

The officer pursued the suspect down State Street into South Salt Lake at a "high rate of speed," at times reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour, said Lieutenant Justin Hudson with Salt Lake City police. The officer eventually terminated the pursuit when he became concerned for the public's safety.

Police are waiting for the female to be releases from the hospital to learn more about the situation from her, Hudson said. Hudson said he suspected the incident could be considered an aggravated kidnapping, based on the information they have now.

The vehicle involved is described as a gray 2003 4-door Chevy Malibu with Utah license plate E67ZX. The suspect is described as a black male with dreadlocks.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the location of the vehicle is asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000.

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