- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A jury has convicted a Box Elder man of assaulting a police officer with his car.

Authorities say officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for a parole violation on John Root Jr. on New Year’s Day in 2014. They say Box Elder Officer Nick Rosser because caught in Root’s car door and was dragged, and that Root also aimed his car at two Pennington County deputies.

Rosser was dragged for several feet but wasn’t seriously hurt. Root got away and was arrested two days later.

The 26-year-old Root on Monday was found guilty on three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and one count each of resisting arrest and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Root’s trial lasted four days. He’s to be sentenced Sept. 22.

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