Army recruiter hit, dragged by hit-and-run driver

4:28 AM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Sometimes, what happens in broad daylight is the most shocking.

Right in front of the Armed Forces recruiting station just after lunch on Tuesday, two Army recruiters were walking toward the door in the crosswalk when the driver of a Jeep SUV hit them.

One of them, Travis Torgerson, was pinned under the SUV.

But the driver didn't stop, even though police say they are fairly certain he knew Torgerson was trapped underneath.

The driver allegedly dragged Torgerson, who was in full army uniform, more than a half a mile.

What's worse is what police say he did mid-way through.

"At one point the driver of the Jeep got out of the vehicle and physically kicked the individual underneath the vehicle," Roseville Police Lt. Lorne Rosand said.

At the 7 tenths of a mile point Torgerson was able to free himself and when police arrived they had to cut his uniform off his body to treat his injuries.

Police say the suspect kept going and wound up at a Motel 6 around the corner.

Police say he demanded staff in the lobby call him a cab. They called police instead.

"Management said this individual was extremely nervous when the squad pulled in and immediately tried to hide himself, and when the squad passed he jetted out of the business," Rosand said.

Within minutes he was caught on foot and taken into custody. Police say he is a 52-year-old St. Paul man that has had numerous run ins with Roseville Police in the last few years.

Torgerson had surgery on his leg at HCMC late Tuesday night. His mother said he would recover from his injuries.

The other Army recruiter hit was not injured.

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