DeKalb County, GA – A Dunwoody police officer was dragged onto a freeway and almost run over after he stopped a man for talking on a cell phone (video below).
The incident occurred at about 11:35 a.m. on Aug.1 when Dunwoody Police Officer Nathan Daley stopped 35-year-old Derric Alexander Simpson for talking on his cell phone while he was driving, in violation of the state’s hands-free law, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
As Officer Daley stood next to the driver’s window of the Chevy Malibu talking to him, Simpson started to put his car into gear.
Dashcam video from the officer’s police car showed that when the officer reached inside the car to stop him, Simpson slammed the gas and took off, with Officer Daley hanging out the window.
The two had been stopped on an entrance ramp to Interstate 285, and Simpson sped from the ramp onto the freeway within seconds, with the police officer hanging on for dear life, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Simpson drove in a reckless manner and slammed Officer Daley’s body into several vehicles on the highway, the video showed.
The he swerved into a white Ford van and knocked the police officer off and threw him into moving traffic.
Officers pursued Simpson but he crashed shortly thereafter near Roswell Road, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Once wrecked, the driver jumped out of his car and over the concrete wall and fled on food, the video showed.
An officer chased him down and took Simpson into custody quickly.
Police didn’t wait for an ambulance to transport Officer Daley. Instead, they scooped him up and raced him to the hospital in a police vehicle, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Officer Daley was later released from the hospital to recover at home.
Simpson was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated battery, fleeing or attempting to elude police, trafficking ecstasy, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, hit-and-run, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and violating Georgia’s hands-free law, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Court records showed Simpson remained held without bond in the DeKalb County Jail.
Watch the scene unfold in the video below: