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Florida man drags officer with car after marijuana is found during traffic stop

Posted at 1:37 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 14:18:11-04

An Orlando police officer’s harrowing ride on a suspect’s car as he was dragged at speeds reaching 60 miles per hour were captured on his body camera in a shocking video.

On the evening of May 9, driver Zavier Askew, 25, was stopped by Officer Sean Murphy for expired tags, police said.

Murphy suspected there was marijuana in the car, but Askew responded "there’s no weed in the car," according to the body camera footage.

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Askew was taken out of the car while officers searched. When officers finished searching, but before completing the traffic stop, Askew ran for his car and got in.

According to the Associated Press, marijuana was found in the vehicle.

Officer Murphy also ran for the suspect’s car and ended up dangling out of the driver’s window as Askew took off.

"Dude you’re killing me! Stop, stop! That’s attempted murder," Murphy was recorded saying on his body camera.

The suspect pleaded with Murphy, saying "Officer please, officer stop."

Murphy said he was dragged along at speeds reaching 60 miles per hour with his legs hanging out of the car.

The car sped towards a dead end as Murphy warned Askew they were going to crash. Murphy tucked his legs in to avoid getting pinned.

Askew hit a parked car and was arrested at the scene. He was charged with attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer and kidnapping.

Murphy is back on the job tonight and somehow avoided any serious injury.