Lafayette officer recovering after being dragged by car

Suspect charged with attempted first-degree murder
Published: Aug. 14, 2022 at 11:32 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2022 at 8:56 PM CDT
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Lafayette, La. (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man was arrested Sunday morning after reportedly running over a police officer and dragging him approximately 100 feet, police say.

The officer, Brian Rozas, was hospitalized for his injuries. Monday evening, the Police Association of Lafayette announced that Rozas was awake, and he was able to shake his head, squeeze his hands and move his toes.

Officer Brian Rozas
Officer Brian Rozas(Lafayette Police Department)

Police attempted to stop a vehicle being driven recklessly in the 400 block of Jefferson Street in Lafayette around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Robin Green of the Lafayette Police Department. Police say the driver was Jaylin Terrel Chavis, 24, of Lake Charles.

The driver sped away to avoid officers but fled into a road block, Sgt. Green said. The driver then reversed, reportedly running over an officer and dragging him for approximately 100 feet.

Chavis was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges of attempted first-degree murder, reckless operation, resisting an officer with force or violence, and OWI (first offense).

If you would like to help the family of Officer Rozas, a GoFundMe has been set up to assist him with his medical bills.

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