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BEAVER MEADOWS -- The Beaver Meadows Police Chief Mike Morressi was dragged by a car in Carbon County Thursday.

The driver is still on the loose and the chief was sent to the hospital.

Earlier today, Chief Morressi was attempting to serve a long overdue eviction notice to a tenant outside of a home on Berwick Street in Beaver Meadows. When the chief saw the tenant, Dean Kancir, he attempted to serve the papers.

That's when he said he was dragged by a car down Route 93 near Hazleton.

Kancir was living in a burnt out shell of a home along Berwick Street near Hazleton.  It's where Police Chief Morresi was trying to serve a warrant to the man living here illegally.

The home burnt back in 2003 and was later bought by the borough of Beaver Meadows.

Dean Kancir, 41, and his family have refused to leave.

Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines said this situation is a frustrating one.

"Not only him, our County Sheriff`s Office has been trying to serve.  They`ve been up here numerous times also trying to serve these papers," said Mayor Hines.

Chief Morresi said he was trying to serve papers to Kancir when he saw him outside the home.  That's when the chief said he jumped onto the hood of the car to stop Kancir, and was then dragged along Route 93 north.

"My heart dropped.  This is my watch, and I don`t want anybody to get hurt in the line of duty.  This is only a small town," said Mayor Hines.

We spoke to the beaver meadows police chief as he was here at Hazleton General Hospital being treated.  He said after this whole ordeal he`s happy to just be walking away with minor bumps and bruises

Kancir is still on the loose. Police are looking for him in a blue Toyota Tercel with missing hubcaps.

"I just passed a state trooper on my way to my house.  They`re around town," said Mayor Hines.

As for Chief Morresi, he's out of the hospital with some bumps and bruises and recovering.