Williamson County, TX – A police officer was dragged several hundred feet after a man tried to flee from a traffic stop early on Wednesday morning (videos below.)
The terrifying incident began when Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tabytha Horseman approached 22-year-old Jonathan Nunnally’s car at about 3 a.m. on Feb. 7, after she observed the car sitting still through multiple traffic light signal changes.
“What you don’t see in the video initially is the deputy is knocking on the window and at that point the driver of the vehicle wakes up and starts to drive off at a very slow speed. The deputy knocks on the window and opens the door and the driver stops,” Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody told KTBC.
Deputy Horseman opened the driver’s door, reached in and took the keys, the Austin American-Statesmen reported.
In the dashcam video released by the sheriff, she can be heard asking for Nunnally’s driver’s license and insurance multiple times.
Nunnally didn't seem to understand what she’s asking for, and tried to hand her another set of keys a couple of times. Many of his responses were unintelligible in the video.
Then he took off, all of a sudden, burning rubber and squealing tires, with Deputy Horseman’s foot caught in his car door.
Sheriff Chody told KTBC that the deputy was hanging on for dear life while Nunnally tried to push her and kick her out of the car.
“He almost killed one of my deputies today,” said Sheriff Chody said.
“You have my foot, you have my foot” she can be heard screaming as another patrol car heads their way to help her.
Nunnally drove his car about a half mile with the deputy’s foot stuck in his door. He went up the ramp and onto the highway, where he eventually stopped.
He continued fighting Deputy Horseman after stopping, and she deployed a Taser to subdue and arrest him.
“He understood that she meant business and she wasn’t going away and he started complying with orders,” said Sheriff Chody.
The young officer was not injured, and the sheriff praised her actions.
“Who knows where he would’ve went, 45, 35 is right there as well. Had it not been for her or the sergeant [who] was able to help with arrest [Nunnally] this could’ve been a different story,” Sheriff Chody said.
“It just amazed me to see how she handled herself. I’m very proud of how she handled this," he said.
KTBC reported that Nunnally had a prior arrest record for DWI, possession, credit card abuse, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
He was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon.
A very angry Sheriff Chody tweeted the dashcam video on Wednesday with the following comment:
“A highly intoxicated driver in possession of harmless marijuana & harmless cough syrup (sarcasm) nearly killed one of my deputies. WilCo Sheriffs deputies showed great restraint when deadly force could've been used therefore it wont make national news. Deputy is ok, thank God!”
Watch dashcam video of the deputy being dragged by the suspect below:
Watch dashcam video from the sergeant who responded to the scene: