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Police Officer Hangs Onto Fleeing Suspect’s Car Hood

A gripping video recently surfaced, capturing the intense moment when a wanted man evaded police during a traffic stop in Carroll. The incident took place on March 5, 2021, and featured Officer Patrick McCarty bravely clinging to the roof of the suspect’s car.

Initially, the traffic stop appeared routine until Officer McCarty informed Dennis Guider Jr. about an outstanding arrest warrant from Illinois. When Guider decided to flee the scene, McCarty positioned himself in front of the car, urging Guider to stop while kneeling on the hood with his firearm drawn.

As other police vehicles joined the pursuit, McCarty held on tightly to the car’s roof. The chase lasted only about a minute before Guider veered into a gravel lot and navigated through a ditch. It was during this maneuver that McCarty lost his grip, fell to the ground, and tragically suffered a broken back, according to the KCRG.

After two years, Guider pleaded guilty in March 2023 for his actions during the incident. During the sentencing proceedings, Guider’s attorney appealed for leniency, arguing that Officer McCarty had never received training on how to handle a situation involving a moving vehicle.

KCCI reached out to Carroll police for a comment but did not receive a response at the time of reporting. On May 11, Guider received a prison sentence of up to five years, which will be served independently of his sentence in Illinois.

The video serves as a gripping testament to the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty. It highlights the split-second decisions they must make to protect public safety while attempting to apprehend individuals with warrants. The incident also underscores the importance of ongoing training and protocols to ensure the safety of both officers and the public in high-stakes situations.

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