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Friday, May 16, 2014, 5:39 p.m.

A Washington County man was sentenced on Friday to serve 16 months to five years in prison for assaulting a state trooper.

Arnold Frankie, 63, of Fredericktown was convicted of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, simple assault and fleeing and eluding police for an incident that occurred on April 3, 2013, during a traffic stop on Main Street in Bentleyville, Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone said.

Frankie was talking with Trooper Heather Gonglik when he started to pull away, ignoring her commands to stop, according to investigators. Gonglik was dragged by the vehicle and struck her head on the roadway, causing injuries that linger today, Vittone said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or

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