Good Samaritan is dragged by apparently drunken 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 away 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 was found unconscious in a nearby field, police said. The driver of the pickup left 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," detective Lyle Gensler said Sunday. "The pickup might have minor damage on the door that the victim was clinging on to."

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. Saturday to Texas 360 and Ragland Road in Grand Prairie.

Witnesses told police they had seen a pickup driving north in the southbound lanes of Texas 360 before coming to an abrupt stop.

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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