- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Box Elder man convicted of assaulting a police officer with his car has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.

Authorities say officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for a parole violation on 26-year-old 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 suffered minor injuries.

A jury in late August convicted Root on three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and one count each of resisting arrest and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was sentenced Tuesday and will get credit for nearly two years he’s already spend behind bars.


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