Officials: Driver arrested after dragging police officer on I-285

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Police arrested a driver Thursday after they said he dragged a police officer with his car. 

UPDATED: Police: Officer recovering after being dragged; suspect now charged

According to the Dunwoody Police Department, two officers pulled the man over for texting while driving on Ashford Dunwoody Road about 11:30 a.m. Officers said the driver initially stopped but suddenly took off with an officer stuck in the driver's side window. The suspect dragged the officer onto Interstate 285.

"They got onto 285, and that suspect veered and was hitting other vehicles with the officer, smashing the officer between the car and other vehicles," Dunwoody Police Sgt. Robert Parsons said. "Our officer could've been easily killed."  

The officer fell onto the roadway, and his colleagues continued to pursue the suspect.  The chase came to an end when police said the man crashed into three other cars and his silver Chevy Malibu came to a stop against a construction barricade. 

Police said the suspect crawled out of the heavily damaged vehicle and tried to run into the woods, but an officer quickly caught up with him and took him into custody.  Investigators have not released the man's name but identified him as a 35-year-old from Decatur.

Fellow officers transported the injured officer to a nearby hospital, where he was in stable condition.