A police detective suffered severe bruises Tuesday afternoon after being dragged 50 feet by a carload of youths suspected of being involved in a fracas at South River High School, county police said.
Detective Brian D. Hassett was treated for bruises on his hands and knees at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released. He had gone to the school about 1 p.m. to investigate a report of a fight, police said.
When he arrived, school administrators told him a group of youths involved in the fight was trying to leave in a red car. Detective Hassett identified himself as a police officer and ordered the driver to stop, but the driver refused.
Detective Hassett reached inside the car and tried to take the keys from the ignition. The driver then sped off with the detective's arm caught inside. Detective Hassett freed himself from the car, police said.
A 16-year-old Millersville boy was charged with assault in the incident and released into his parents' custody, police said.