Brookhaven Police arrested a 38-year-old man July 13 after he allegedly dragged a police officer with his car during a traffic stop.
Tyrone Chapman faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, felony obstruction of justice, driving while license suspended and criminal damage to property. He is currently being held in the DeKalb County jail.
The incident occurred at about 3:50 a.m., when Officer T. Levefer noticed a vehicle stopped in the intersection on Peachtree Road at Dresden Drive with the driver hunched over the steering wheel. The officer was able to wake the driver up to speak to him and the driver provided a name and date of birth to the officer, which was learned to be false, according to a press release from the Brookhaven Police Department.
Chapman put his car into drive while being questioned about his identity and Lefever attempted to stop him by putting his arm into the vehicle through the window, the press release states.
As Chapman drove faster, Lefever became lodged in the window “to the point that the officer feared possibly being killed if he let go and fell to the ground at such a high rate of speed,” according to the press release.
Lefever tried to climb into the vehicle through the open car window as Chapman accelerated. Lefever also made eye contact with Chapman and told him, “You’re going to kill me.” Chapman told him, “I don’t want to kill you” and slowed his car.
After the vehicle was stopped, Chapman exited the car as demanded by Lefever. But Chapman forgot to put the car into park and the car began rolling. Lefever jumped into the car and stopped it.
“We are very thankful that Officer Lefever was not injured in this incident,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura in the press release.
“In today’s policing climate, officers are operating at a heightened sense of awareness. This situation could have ended very badly for our officer and the suspect,” he said.