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NEW ORLEANS -- On what might have been a routine traffic stop, New Orleans police officer Patrick Crowley ended up getting dragged down an Uptown street, hanging onto the car door of a fleeing suspect, New Orleans police said.
Though the officer suffered no serious injuries, the Police Department has classified the incident as an attempted murder.
Patrolling officers had been on the lookout Monday for a black Monte Carlo with no license plates that had been reported speeding and weaving in traffic, said officer Sabrina Richardson, an NOPD spokeswoman.
Crowley and two other officers stopped a black Monte Carlo at the corner of Lowerline and Colapissa streets, one block from Notre Dame Seminary, about 10:15 p.m.
As Crowley approached, the driver, wearing shoulder-length dreadlocks under a baseball cap, suddenly flung his door open in an attempt to hit Crowley, police said.
Crowley grabbed the door. The Monte Carlo's driver sped off down Colapissa Street toward Pine Street, dragging Crowley for 100 feet before he let go.
He suffered bruises and contusions on his knees, hands and forehead, police records show. The two other officers took Crowley to University Hospital, where doctors listed him in stable condition, Richardson said.
Police are still searching for the Monte Carlo driver.
Crowley joined the police force just days before Hurricane Katrina, on Aug. 25, 2005.