Cleveland Heights Police Officers Injured After Being Dragged by Gabrielle Sanders’ Vehicle

Gabrielle Sanders was arrested after injuring two Cleveland Heights police officers.

Gabrielle Sanders was arrested after injuring two Cleveland Heights police officers.

Gabrielle Sanders Dragged Two Police Officers

Cleveland Heights, OH – Two Cleveland Heights Police Officers, Jeffrey Mecklenburg and Gregory Jakomin, received were injured when they were dragged by a car driven by Gabrielle Sanders Thursday evening.

According to Cleveland.com, the incident occurred about 8:30 PM on Ardoon Street.  Cleveland Heights Police Officers Mecklenburg and Jakomin stopped a 1996 Toyota Camry that was driven by a woman later identified as Gabrielle Sanders, age 30, of Euclid.  Sanders could not provide identification, and the CH Police Officers believed that she was lying about her identity.  She continued to be uncooperative  As the Police Officers moved to arrest Sanders, she put the car in ‘drive’ and drove off.

The Cleveland Heights Police Department released bodycam and dashboard video of the terrifying incident late this afternoon. As Sanders drives off, one Police Officer can be heard yelling “Put it in park!”.  An Officer can be heard calling for help moments later, using his portable radio, saying “Officer Down, we need assistance.”  Both Officers were then able to free themselves from Sanders’ vehicle.  She fled in the vehicle, lost control, and crashed into a utility pole a short distance away.

Sanders then got out of the vehicle and fled north on Ardoon St.  Cleveland Heights Police Officer Jakomin chased Sanders and took her into custody after a short foot pursuit.  She has been charged with two counts of Felonious Assault on a Police Officer.

Both Police Officers Mecklenburg and Jakomin were treated at Cleveland Clinic and released.  Sanders was not injured during the incident.

We send thoughts and prayers to Cleveland Heights Police Officers Jeffrey Mecklenburg and Gregory Jakomin.  Thankfully, they were not seriously injured. Thank you, officers, for your dedication and committed service to the citizens of Cleveland Heights.

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