PLANT CITY — A Plant City police officer was dragged 10 feet alongside a Corvette early Saturday, police say.
At about 1:30 a.m., Officer DeeDee Gregory stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette near the entrance of Walden Lake East on S Alexander Street because she suspected the driver had a connection to a criminal mischief and domestic disturbance investigation.
The driver — identified by police as 33-year-old Kevin Wade Dubose — seemed drunk, police say, and instead of answering the officer's questions, Dubose put the car into drive and started to leave.
Gregory ordered the man to stop and reached through the driver's side window to turn off the car.
Dubose grabbed the officer's arm, pinned it to the steering wheel and drove away, dragging the officer about 10 feet before she was able to break free, police say.
She wasn't badly injured.
The officer drove after Dubose for less than a quarter mile before Dubose lost control of his car. The Corvette flipped and rolled several times, stopping near the Plant City Family YMCA.
Dubose resisted arrest, police say, and had to be hospitalized because of injuries in the crash.
He was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing to elude and possession of marijuana under 20 grams.
Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3433.