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Injured Park Rapids officer returns to work, suspect to be arraigned in high speed chase

Officer Carrie Parks, at far left, helped at a recent fish fry to raise money for a new Park Rapids K-9. She will be the new K-9 officer. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Park Rapids police officer Carrie Parks returned to work at 6 a.m. Wednesday, one day after being dragged two blocks by a fleeing shoplifting suspect.

"She's got some road rash," husband Scott Parks said.

Parks, chief deputy for the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, said his wife reached into the open door of a car after a shoplifting suspect was uncooperative in the Walmart parking lot while officers were trying to interview her.

Parks was trying to pull the keys from the ignition. Instead, the driver, identified as 44-year-old Marchelle Kim Ceryes, of Fergus Falls, allegedly romped on the accelerator and jumped a berm, taking the officer with her.

Scott parks said at one point, Carrie's legs were trapped underneath the vehicle and she didn't dare let go of the steering wheel for fear she'd be run over.

She was able to let go at the intersection of Henrietta Avenue and the service road.

Ceryes has a lengthy history of theft and traffic convictions from Otter Tail and Hennepin counties, a criminal records check showed.

She is expected to be arraigned on numerous charges Thursday.

Walmart security officials refused Wednesday to release security tape from the parking lot.

Ceryes led officers on a high-speed chase through Park Rapids and was finally apprehended after she sideswiped a car driven by a Park Rapids summer resident near Headwaters Golf Course on County Road 1.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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