Report: Deputy dragged by car after driver slams door

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County man was arrested after authorities say he slammed a door on a deputy then sped off, dragging the deputy 10 to 20 feet.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has charged 22-year-old Jaquan Crowder of Cross with failure to stop for blue lights and siren, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

It all started at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday when a deputy in Pinopolis saw a Honda Accord parked in front of an automotive business on 1833 Highway 6.

The car's door were open and two people were seen outside of the vehicle.

The deputy reported when he got to the scene, the two people were non-compliant and "likely under the influence of a mood altering substance."

According to the sheriff's office, as a backup deputy removed the passenger from the vehicle, the driver slammed the door on the responding deputy who was trying to extract the man from the driver's seat.

"The deputy's arm was stuck in the door and the driver sped off with the deputy still stuck in the door," BCSO officials said."After being dragged for roughly 10-20 feet, the deputy was able to wrestle free of the vehicle."

A report states the vehicle sped off and the backup deputy chased him.

The sheriff's office said the vehicle ultimately stopped near Ranger Drive and Highway 6 whereupon the driver was arrested.

"The deputy was treated and, thankfully, avoided serious injuries but was injured in the incident," BCSO officials said.

"Cases like this go to show you what a dangerous job the deputies have, even a something as simple as an area check of a business can go bad. I am grateful that the deputy was not seriously injured although he could very easily have been," Sheriff Lewis said.

The passenger was charged with simple possession of marijuana and released.

Crowder was locked up at the Hill Finklea Detention center and given a $40,000 surety bond.

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