Woman accused of dragging Hillsborough deputy during traffic stop has been arrested

Published Sept. 2, 2018

A woman accused of dragging a deputy with her car was located and arrested at her boyfriend's home on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a deputy pulled over Amber Marie Griffin, 29, near U.S. 301 and Tom Road in Riverview because she had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.

The deputy tried to get Griffin to leave her silver Kia Rio, but Griffin refused, authorities said. When the officer "took measures to remove Griffin from the vehicle," Griffin drove off, dragging the deputy about 20 feet.

The deputy, who suffered a few cuts on his hand, was able to disengage from the car as Griffin continued to flee.

Deputies located Griffin at the home of her boyfriend, Brian Keith Chesser, off Linda Street in Gibsonton. After a brief foot chase, Griffin was taken into custody with the help of K-9 deputies. She was not injured during the arrest, authorities said.

Griffin faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest with violence.

Chesser, 57, was also arrested and charged with assisting and harboring.

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