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Woman Drags Deputy Along Road In Traffic Stop Getaway Attempt, Cops Say
Amber Griffin didn't stop when a deputy pulled her over. Instead, she allegedly tried to take off, and dragged him along with her.
A woman is accused of dragging a deputy along a Florida road on Saturday after she was pulled over for having an outstanding warrant.
Amber Marie Griffin, 29, was stopped just after midnight on Saturday, after police recognized her as having an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
When the deputy asked Griffin to get out of her silver Kia Rio, she refused, police say.
The officer then "took measures" to get Griffin out of the car, according to police, but Griffin still wouldn't comply, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Instead, she allegedly sped off — with the deputy still clutching on for about 20 feet before Griffin got away.
The deputy, who wasn’t named, suffered minor cuts to his hand.
The next day, police found Griffin at the home of her 57-year-old boyfriend, Brian Keith Chesser, in Gibsonton, Florida. Police say she tried to get away, again, this time on foot.
But she didn’t make it very far in her second attempt at a getaway. Cops found Griffin in the wooded area behind Chesser’s home, tracking her down with the help of some K-9 dogs, according to the Bloomingdale Patch.
Griffin was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest with violence charges.
Chesser was also arrested, and charged with assisting and harboring.
Griffin is being held without bond, while Chesser is being held on a $2,250.00 bond.
It’s not clear whether the suspects have lawyers who can speak on their behalf at this time. Police say that Griffin was not injured during her arrest.
Griffin is no stranger to the court system. In 2010, she was charged with driving under the influence, drug possession and contempt of the court, according to online jail records.Chesser has an even lengthier criminal past dating back to the 1990s. His past arrests include grand theft auto, driving under the influence and cocaine possession.
[Photos: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]