Authorities in Louisiana say a 19-year-old man is behind bars after an early morning traffic stop gone wrong this week.
According to WAFB, the incident occurred shortly after midnight on Friday in Baton Rouge. An officer on patrol initiated the stop after reportedly noticing the suspect’s vehicle driving with just one headlight and no license plate visible.
Upon stopping the blue Lexus alongside Corporate Boulevard, the officer reportedly asked driver David McGee to exit. The two men reportedly engaged in an argument over the request, which the cop justified by claiming he recognized the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.
When the motorist allegedly reached for a compartment in the center console, reports indicate the officer intervened and a physical altercation followed.
Shortly thereafter, McGee allegedly shifted into drive and hit the accelerator. The Lexus sped off with the officer trapped in the door, dragging him more than 100 yards down the road, police say.
Reports claim the vehicle came to a brief stop after McGee hit a curb. The officer was able to free himself as the driver allegedly took off and drove from the scene.
Authorities reportedly located McGee at his home later the same day and arrested him on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, driving while intoxicated, simple kidnapping, flight from an officer, and other violations, as reported by The Advocate.
He allegedly attempted to run from police at his home. The officer reportedly received minor injuries including cuts and scrapes as he was dragged down the road.
[Featured image: David McGee, Handout]