Published: 17:17 EDT, 23 September 2020 | Updated: 17:42 EDT, 23 September 2020

A Utah police department has released the bodycam video that shows the moment an officer was dragged by a fleeing suspect’s car and thrown to the ground before the vehicle crashed into a patrol car and killed the driver following a traffic stop in July. 

James Franklin, 23, was pulled over by an Ogden officer on July 21 for a seat belt violation. 

During the stop, the officer noticed that the plates on the car did not match the vehicle’s registration. 

In the video, James Franklin (pictured) is heard trying to explain why the plates didn’t match the registration before the officer asks him to step out of the vehicle

The footage shows that two officers tried to pull Franklin out of the driver’s seat but within a matter of moments, Franklin puts the car into gear and speeds off, dragging one of the officers with him. The officer’s hand is seen grabbing onto Franklin’s shirt (top right) 

About a block from where the incident started, Franklin’s car hit a curb and the officer was thrown to the ground (pictured)

In the video, Franklin is heard trying to explain why the plates didn’t match the registration before the officer asks him to step out of the vehicle. 

Two other officers arrived to the scene a short time later. The footage shows that two officers tried to pull Franklin out of the driver’s seat.

Within a matter of moments, Franklin puts the car into gear and speeds off, dragging one of the officers with him. 

The officer appeared to struggle with Franklin over the wheel as the car hit a speed of about 60mph, according to a police report obtained by KUTV. 

About a block from where the incident started, Franklin’s car hit a curb and the officer was thrown to the ground. 

He’s then heard radioing for help as Franklin sped off. The other responding officers rushed back to their cars to chase after Franklin and to help the injured officer. 

Franklin’s vehicle later hit another police car head-on. Another video shows Franklin’s damaged car as officers rushed over to the vehicle. 

Franklin’s vehicle later hit another police car head-on. Another video shows Franklin’s damaged car as officers rushed over to the vehicle

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