Auburn man faces felony charges after dragging state trooper, leading authorities on pursuit

Troopers arrested an Auburn man on Tuesday following an incident, which included a vehicle and foot chase, as well as an officer being dragged by a pickup truck.

Around 7:06 p.m. Trooper Andrew Skerpon initiated a traffic stop on a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Shaun H. Clark, 31, of Auburn, in the parking lot of Syracuse Upstate Market.

Clark was asked to exit his vehicle after failing to produce a driver’s license or any valid identification. At this point, Troopers say he appeared ‘visibly nervous’.

When a search began, Clark suddenly got back in his vehicle a sped forward – dragging Skerpon with him.

The pickup truck struck the building in front of it before it backed up – and hit a police cruiser – leaving Skerpon pinned between the two vehicles.

Troopers say a traffic pursuit followed, but ended after Clark hit a fence on Niagara Street in Syracuse – where the whole incident unfolded.

Skerpon and other troopers as well as Syracuse Police Department officers took Clark into custody following a brief foot pursuit that included Clark actively resisting and sustaining lacerations to his face and shoulders.

Both Clark and Skerpon were treated at Upstate University Hospital and released.

Troopers say Clark was charged with assault on a police officer, a class C felony, second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, second-degree reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all class A misdemeanors.

He’s being held in Onondaga County.

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