Good Samaritan is dragged by intoxicated driver after stopping to render aid

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Grand Prairie police appealed for help Sunday in finding a man who was driving the wrong-way on Texas 360 Saturday night and stopped on the highway after he apparently fell asleep.

The man drove away dragging a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help him, police said.

The victim had attempted to take the keys out of the ignition of the man's Ford F150 pickup when the motorist apparently woke up and started to drive off as the Good Samaritan was hanging onto the truck, police said.

The motorist drove off the road, across the highway and again went off the road.

The victim was thrown from the vehicle and found unconscious in a nearby field, police said. The driver of the pickup fled the scene.

The victim, who was not identified, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He was released on Sunday, Grand Prairie police said in a news release.

"We are currently processing any and all evidence as it relates to this incident," said Det. Lyle Gensler on Sunday. "The pickup might have minor damage (scratches, minor dents) on the door that the victim was clinging on to."

Police were called to the scene of a major accident about 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Texas 360 and Ragland Road in Grand Prairie.

Witnesses told police they had observed a pickup driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Texas 360 before the vehicle came to an abrupt stop.

Before it stopped, witnesses reported the motorist had been driving erratically.

It appeared the pickup driver had stopped because he had fallen asleep, police were told.

The Good Samaritan was attempting to help before he was injured, police said.

Police say they are searching for a blue or gray Ford F150 with damage to a door.

Investigators hope to file aggravated assault charges against the motorist.

"We respect the courageous nature of the victim regarding his attempt to get a possible intoxicated driver off the road," Gensler said. "We are relieved to hear that he survived this horrifying incident."

Anyone with information should call Grand Prairie police at 972-237-8790.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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