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Driver sentenced to 10 years for dragging police officer

  • HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Derek Torres is seen in this police mugshot.

A man who tried to flee in a stolen car — dragging a police officer in a Pearl City parking lot in 2014 — was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for attempted assault.

Derek Torres pled guilty in August and will serve a two-year mandatory minimum as a repeat offender, according to a press release from Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro. He was charged with first-degree attempted assault.

Torres, who was 43 at the time, was in a stolen car in a parking lot on Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City on August 12, 2014. When confronted by a uniformed police officer, Torres drove away, dragging the officer about 40 feet along the pavement.

“The officer sustained a severe laceration to his right hand along with numerous contusions, abrasions and scratches,” the prosecutor said.

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