Man who dragged DPS trooper during traffic stop identified, troopers say

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

SHENANDOAH, Texas - A Department of Public Safety trooper has been released from the Conroe Regional Hospital Thursday morning after being dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop in the Shenandoah area.

Authorities say the trooper pulled Russell Patrick Richards, 35, over on I-45 near State Highway 242 at about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

While stopped, Richards went to grab something from under his seat, but officers said when the trooper tried to stop him, Richards took off.

The trooper was dragged for a short distance and sustained minor injuries, troopers said.
The incident initiated a manhunt for Richards. 

After four hours, authorities were able to locate Richards and take him into custody.

Officers made the arrest in the parking lot of the Clarion Suites on I-45 near Vision Park Boulevard just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

Richards was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest and taken to the Montgomery County Jail.

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