Video: Calif. firefighter dragged by vehicle, 2 LEOs injured; suspect at large

Delano police said the suspect, Dustin James Drennen, 32, has an active arrest warrant for multiple counts of attempted murder


By Laura French

DELANO, Calif. — California police have released a video showing a firefighter being dragged by a vehicle last week and are asking for the public's help in locating the suspect. 

The security footage from a Walmart shows the scene where Delano Police Department officers and Kern County Fire Department personnel were attempting to assist a man who was reported to be possibly intoxicated to the point of unconsciousness, according to a Delano Police Department press release. 

While first responders were trying to help the man, he regained consciousness and got inside his vehicle, according to police. He then allegedly reversed the vehicle, striking an officer, dragging a firefighter and striking a parked, occupied police vehicle before fleeing the scene. 

The firefighter who was dragged, the police officer who was struck and the officer who was inside the vehicle that was struck all sustained injuries, police said. Authorities were unable to apprehend the suspect, who police identified as Dustin James Drennen, 32. Police said Drennen has an active arrest warrant for multiple counts of attempted murder, multiple counts of assault on a police officer/firefighter, multiple counts of hit and run, evading a police officer and other charges. 

Drennen's vehicle was described as a green 1998 Dodge Neon with a Washington State license plate reading 218WLC. Police also said the suspect may be living out of his vehicle. Anyone with information about the suspect's whereabouts are asked to contact the Delano Police Department. 

 

For Immediate Release On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at about 3:25 PM, Delano Police Department officers were dispatched...

Posted by Delano Police Department on Saturday, May 1, 2021

 

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