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Woman Dragged for Almost 20 Blocks

July 10, 2000

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ A woman pushed from a car became tangled in her seat belt and was dragged for almost 20 blocks at speeds of up to 65 mph.

She lost skin from 40 to 50 percent of her body, authorities said. In some places, flesh was torn from her body down to the bone.

``It’s just terrible; treacherous,″ police Sgt. Jim Rullamas said.

The 37-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was listed in serious condition Monday but was conscious.

Rullamas said the woman got into a car with Mitchell Smith, 40, of Oakland, on Sunday morning. Police were not sure what their relationship was, but said they may have been smoking some kind of narcotic and began to argue.

The woman tried to get out of the car and Smith allegedly pushed her, police said.

She got tangled in her seat belt as Smith slammed the door shut and drove off with her hanging from the side of the car, officers said.

Rullamas said the woman screamed for Smith to stop as the car weaved through traffic at up to 65 mph.

After about 20 blocks, she was able to free herself.

California Highway Patrol officers stopped Smith after a witness called 911.

Smith was booked for investigation of attempted murder, driving under the influence and possession of drugs.

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