Suspect pulls police officer inside car, drives up to 71mp after traffic stop


Authorities said a driver took off with a police officer inside a car Thursday, reaching speeds up to 71 mph on a busy road.

>> Read more trending news 

Police say the smell of marijuana initiated a pat-down after the officer pulled over the driver for a traffic violation.

Marietta police said the traffic stop took place just after 7:30 a.m. when the officer pulled the car over for a traffic violation. He smelled marijuana and asked the driver to step out, police said.

Police said the driver cooperated at first but took off when police backup arrived.

Investigators said the officer was pulled into the car after putting the driver in a headlock. A second officer at the scene was shoved to the ground, and the driver took off and accelerated, police said.

Police said the car stopped about a mile away from the site of the traffic stop.

Earlier reports said the officer was dragged by the car, but dashcam video showed the officer was completely in the vehicle even though the door was open. At some point, the officer closed the door in order to keep from falling out, police said later.

The driver and two passengers tried to run away, police said, but they were taken down by other responding officers and arrested.

"Certainly, it was a chaotic scene,” said Marietta Police Officer Chuck McPhilamy. “We're incredibly happy and fortunate that the officer pushed back into traffic wasn't run over or hurt, even happier the officer that became trapped partially into the vehicle was able to stay just out of harm's way enough that he wasn't pushed out of the vehicle or pulled in any further or hurt. Now that we know there were handguns involved, certainly there could've been a gunfight inside the car.”

Lauren Foreman, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, contributed to this report.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Scam alert: Fake Microsoft rep hijacks woman's computer, charges $3K to 'fix' it
Scam alert: Fake Microsoft rep hijacks woman's computer, charges $3K to 'fix' it

A 66-year-old West Chester Township, Ohio, woman is out about $3,300 after someone claiming to be a Microsoft representative allegedly took over her computer, caused a problem and charged her to fix it. Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson explained how the scam worked. “It appears as if the victim bought something off the internet which...
Georgia Uber driver accused of stabbing 2 customers
Georgia Uber driver accused of stabbing 2 customers

An Uber driver is accused of stabbing two of her customers last Sunday in east Georgia, the Augusta Chronicle reported. Shaunisha Danielle Brown, 29, of Augusta, faces two counts of aggravated assault, the newspaper reported. She’s accused of stabbing two people in the 5000 block of Reynolds Way, according to a Grovetown police...
Which personality type are you? New study reveals 4 core groupings
Which personality type are you? New study reveals 4 core groupings

You may be familiar with Myers-Briggs’ 16 different personality types, but new research published this week in the journal Nature Human Behavior shows there are four distinct personality clusters most individuals around the globe adhere to best. Psychologists and engineers at Northwestern University in Illinois sought to &ldquo...
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $30M to house homeless, low-income families
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $30M to house homeless, low-income families

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is spending $30 million to house 94 homeless and low-income families in south Seattle. The Seattle Times reports that Allen’s donation to the Mount Baker Family Housing development is the largest funding piece for the project. Allen has been partnered with the project throughout its design process...
6-year-old boy with special needs missing from North Carolina park
6-year-old boy with special needs missing from North Carolina park

Emergency responders began a massive search at a North Carolina park Saturday afternoon for a 6-year-old boy with special needs. The search continued Sunday morning. Maddox Ritch was last seen at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Search and rescue boats were sent to the lake at the park. Authorities said he was wearing an orange...
More Stories