NEW DETAILS: 22-year-old driver charged after Williamson Co. deputy dragged by car


1:35 p.m. update: Authorities have charged 22-year-old Jonathan Nunnally of Round Rock with aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon after a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy was dragged by a car fleeing a traffic stop.

Nunnally, who authorities identified as the driver, is being held in the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $500,000.

11:50 a.m. update: Charges are pending against a driver who is seen on a Twitter video dragging a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy while fleeing from a traffic stop early Wednesday.

The name of the driver and the deputy are not yet being released. The deputy was not injured, said Patricia Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

The deputy stopped the driver around 3 a.m. Wednesday on Texas 45 and County Road 172 because the driver had not moved from a traffic light that had gone through a few cycles of changing, Gutierrez said. 

The deputy was standing outside the driver’s open car door, asking him to hand over his keys. Suddenly the driver sped away, dragging her with the door still open, Gutierrez said. “All she could do was hold on for her life,” said Gutierrez.

On the video posted by Sheriff Robert Chody, the deputy can be heard yelling for backup as the car drove off.

Another deputy was following behind as the incident happened, Gutierrez said. The driver was eventually arrested and was in custody Wednesday.

EarlierVideo posted by Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody on Twitter just before 8 a.m. Wednesday shows one of his deputies diving into a car that tried to flee a traffic stop.

Chody said the deputy was OK, but the “highly intoxicated” driver, who is seen peeling rubber before taking off, “nearly killed one of my deputies.”

With tongue in cheek, the sheriff also tweeted that the driver was “in possession of harmless marijuana & harmless cough syrup (sarcasm).”

He did not provide details about the incident, such as which deputy was involved or when and where the incident happened.

“WilCo Sheriffs deputies showed great restraint when deadly force could've been used therefore it wont make national news,” Chody wrote.

CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to remove a reference to a fake Twitter account.

 


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