Driver Charged in Dragging of LAPD Narcotics Officer Prior to Granada Hills Crash, Manhunt

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An LAPD officer was injured in a crash that prompted a manhunt for the driver in Granada Hills on Jan. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A 21-year-old Porter Ranch man who allegedly fled on foot after leaving an LAPD narcotics officer injured in a vehicle crash was charged Tuesday with multiple criminal counts.

Grant Anthony Muldrow was arraigned in San Fernando Superior Court on charges of assaulting a police officer, kidnapping and transportation for sale of a controlled substance, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

He entered a not guilty plea and was due back in court Feb. 10, the DA’s office said on Twitter.

Muldrow was accused of being the driver a maroon SUV that was left at the scene of a crash in Granada Hills where a Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officer was injured on Jan. 15.

According to prosecutor Garrett Dameron, Muldrow drove away while the officer tried to arrest him. The officer kept his hand on the steering wheel and was dragged along as the car reached up to 45 mph, Dameron said.

The SUV then crashed into a tree and a fence, leaving the officer with several broken bones. Muldrow allegedly fled the crash on foot, and he was arrested after a manhunt that lasted several hours.

A witness who helped the officer said he wore a bulletproof vest and was undercover.

The officer remained in good condition, the DA’s office said Tuesday.

Muldrow faces up the 13 years, eight months in state prison. Dameron planned to ask for bail to be set at $235,000.

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Muldrow’s arraignment was postponed. The story has been updated.