Updated: 09/19/2013 10:36 AM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda
Two Army soldiers helped chase down an SUV after the vehicle reportedly hit two other soldiers in Roseville, according to an Army spokesman.
Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, 42, of Circle Pines, was reportedly hit and dragged by the SUV, reported Ken Plant of Army Public Affairs. Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud, 29, of Brooklyn Park, allegedly was hit by the vehicle. Staff Sgt. Adam Boktor and Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Knaak chased after the vehicle, he said.
The soldiers involved are non-commissioned officers of the U.S. Army Recruiting Center in Roseville, Plant said. The incident happened around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Torgerson is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center. His stepmother reported Tuesday that he will be OK. According to Roseville police, he suffered severe, non-life threatening injuries to his body as well as a broken leg.
Torgerson was with Stroud when they were reportedly hit by a 1994 Jeep Cherokee at the Crossroads of Roseville Shopping Center located at 1651 West County Road B2, police said. Torgerson was stuck under the SUV, while Stroud went over the hood of the SUV.
Police said the driver, identified as 52-year-old Enrico Taylor, kept going and dragged Torgerson for about 3/4 of a mile.
According to witnesses, Torgerson was able to free himself from under the vehicle.
At one point Taylor stopped to try to kick Torgerson out from underneath the vehicle, but he was stuck, according to police. Taylor allegedly got back in his car and kept going.
Taylor stopped at Motel 6 and left his SUV there. He asked staff to call him a taxi. A motel employee called a taxi but noticed Taylor was acting nervous. The employee said Taylor left the lobby when a police squad drove through the parking lot.
Taylor was arrested at a nearby business at about 2 p.m. He was booked at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center for felony criminal vehicular injury.
Taylor later told Roseville detectives he knew he had hit two pedestrians. He said when he hit the men he panicked, heard screaming coming from his vehicle, stopped and tried to pull the man out from under the vehicle.
Torgerson told detectives Taylor never tried to assist him, despite his requests for help.
Torgerson's stepmother says he has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Roseville Police Department is asking for information from the public. According to police, it's likely Taylor may have been in the Best Buy or Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot, asking people for money for car repairs. Anyone who had contact with Taylor at the Crossroads of Roseville is asked to contact police at 651-792-7008.
Taylor faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison or a fine of $10,000 or both.
According to state criminal records, Taylor has a criminal past dating back to at least 1997. His convictions include theft by swindle, fifth-degree assault, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and check forgery.
Taylor told KSTP that he was sorry and that he wrote a note to the victim, which police confirmed.