A Porter Ranch man accused of driving off with an undercover LAPD narcotics officer hanging onto the side of his SUV, which ultimately crashed in the Granada Hills area and left the officer with broken bones, was charged Tuesday with a trio of felonies.
Grant Anthony Muldrow, 21, pleaded not guilty to one count each of assaulting a police officer, kidnapping and transportation for sale of a controlled substance.
Muldrow was allegedly behind the wheel of an SUV that crashed over a sidewalk and into some bushes in the 10900 block of Haskell Avenue around midday Thursday. According to prosecutors, the officer was trying to arrest the driver, who sped off, dragging him alongside the vehicle.
The officer kept his hand on the steering wheel of the SUV, which reached speeds up to 45 mph before it crashed, authorities said. He suffered “several broken bones,” but is expected to recover, prosecutors said.
Muldrow was arrested following an hours-long manhunt that prompted the lockdown of several schools.
He is due back in a San Fernando courtroom on Feb. 10, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
Muldrow faces up to 13 years and eight months in prison if convicted of all charges, prosecutors said.
— City News Service