A Watertown police officer sustained non-life threatening injuries during an incident following a traffic stop early this morning.
Today at 12:16 a.m. a Watertown police officer observed a wanted subject whom he was familiar with driving a truck near the intersection of Church and West Main streets. The truck had expired registration and the subject, Michael P. Alexander, 37, was listed as its owner.
The police officer conducted a traffic stop on South Water Street near its intersection with West Madison Street. The officer spoke with Alexander and confirmed there was a valid non-bondable warrant for his arrest for failure to support a child.
While attempting to order Alexander out of the vehicle he resisted arrest, put his truck in drive and drove from the stop. The officer grabbed Alexander around the head area and was dragged outside the open driver side door. The truck reached speeds of between 15 to 20 mph before the police officer let go. The officer fell clear of the moving truck, but sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Alexander lost control of his truck, crossed a grassy area and struck a retaining wall. The suspect then fled the area on foot and remains at large.
"Preliminary medical reports indicate the officer has a fractured left wrist along with abrasions and cuts," Police Chief Tim Roets said. "He is waiting on examination by a specialist to determine the next steps. I encourage citizens to call with any information regarding Michael Alexander's location."
Alexander is wanted by police for the active warrant and for felony resisting arrest. Alexander is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 215 pounds with brown hair.
Citizens with information concerning the whereabouts of Alexander are encouraged to contact the Watertown Police Department at 920-261-6660.