Men in Times Square cop dragging in police custody

MANHATTAN — Police have two men in custody in connection with a hit-and-run involving an NYPD officer in Times Square.

Officer Ian Wallace, 26, was struck and dragged during an attempted traffic stop for reckless driving late Saturday. Video shows him on the hood of the car as the vehicle speeds down the street. He eventually fell off and he and another officer chased the Merecedes-Benz as it continued down West 42nd Street.

"He did what he was taught to do," police said. "He stepped into harm's way."

The driver, who "intentionally struck" the office,  hit several vehicles as he drove away, police said.

The injured officer was treated and released from the hospital with minor bumps and bruises.

Police released the names of two men wanted for questioning Wednesday morning. They took them into custody in Harlem around 4 p.m. Arfhy Santos, the 20-year-old alleged driver, has eight prior arrests. William Lopez, 24, allegedly recklessly drove a vehicle on the sidewalk just last week in a separate incident.

Lopez is the owner of the Mercedes, which was located in the Bronx, police said Thursday.

The two men are members of a car club in the Bronx.

Santos faces charges of attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment. Lopez faces charges of reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Police are looking for a third person they believe was in the car.

PIX11 News' Nicole Johnson contributed to this report.