- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been convicted of aggravated assault after dragging a New Jersey state trooper with his car during a traffic stop.

Authorities say Daren Rebel, of Westville, was convicted Friday of aggravated assault while eluding police. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says authorities received several 911 calls on Aug. 10, 2012, reporting a red Toyota Camry driving recklessly on Route 55 in southern New Jersey. A state trooper pulled Rebel over and tried to remove him from the car, but the vehicle accelerated and dragged the trooper.

Rebel then struck a vehicle driven by an off-duty State Police captain.

He was indicted in September 2013 of two counts of attempted murder, but a judge dismissed those charges.

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