SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (CNN) — A man has been arrested after police say he dragged a deputy 100 yards at high speed following a traffic stop.
The deputy had stopped Rocky Rudolph, Jr., 38, for driving with dark tinted windows.
According to Sheriff Dennis Lemma, the deputy smelled marijuana coming from the car and asked Rudolph to turn the car off.
Police say Rudolph became aggressive and combative when asked if he had a medical marijuana card, which he said he didn’t. Rudolph then put the car into drive, with the deputy still attached to the vehicle.
Deputy Aaron Blais then pulled out his firearm and ordered Rudloph to turn his car off and put his hands up, police said.
Lemma said Rudolph then reached for the deputy’s gun hand and held him as he drove 100 yards towards the on-ramp for Interstate 94.
Police say Blais fired into Rudolph’s car, hitting him in the leg.
The deputy then fell from the car and rolled into the median as Rudolph lost control of his car.
Rudolph then exited the car and ran into a residential area. A large police response was summoned to the area to hunt for Rudolph, who was, hours later, spotted running from the trees and jumped into a vehicle.
Lemma said witnesses said they saw Rudolph, who is a convicted felon, throw a firearm into the bushes as he ran, and had another firearm in the car.
When police stopped the car, they discovered it was driven by Rudolph’s daughter.
Rudolph was then taken into custody, Lemma said. He faces charged of Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer and Aggravated Assault, among others.
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