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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - A veteran trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol was hospitalized Thursday morning after being struck and dragged by a vehicle whose driver tried to flee after a traffic stop.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. after the 26-year-old officer initiated the stop on eastbound I-70 at Highway 94 in St. Charles. As the trooper was approaching the car, the driver began to drive away, striking and dragging the trooper a short distance before getting away.

Authorities say the fleeing driver then got onto westbound I-70 and sped away. The injured trooper who has three years on the force, radioed for assistance and gave a description of the driver and the fleeing car.

Police in St. Peters intercepted the vehicle on westbound I-70 at Highway 79 where officers were able to stop the car and take the driver into custody as short time later.

The trooper was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. She was released from the hospital later that morning. The suspect has now been turned over the Highway Patrol. No names have been released in the ongoing investigation.

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