Oak Park, MI – An Oak Park police officer was dragged approximately 20 feet by a driver who fled from the scene of a traffic stop (video below).
On Oct. 27, Oak Park police received a report that a woman, later identified as 33-year-old Shira Gray, was shoplifting clothing from a Citi Trends store on Coolidge Street, WJBK reported.
Employees told police that Gray left the store in a Chevrolet Equinox, which officers located within minutes.
An officer pulled the suspect over at approximately 4:45 p.m., and Gray initially complied by handing the officer her identification, WDIV reported.
“When our officer asked the driver to step out to further investigate the crime that occurred at the retail store, the driver put the vehicle in drive,” Oak Park Police Lieutenant Troy Taylor told WJBK.
The officer immediately attempted to shut off the SUV, at which point he became entangled with the suspect in the driver’s seat.
Gray stomped on the accelerator, slamming the open driver’s side door into the officer’s back and dragging him for 15 to 20 feet down the roadway, dashcam footage showed.
The officer ultimately tumbled onto the pavement, and Gray slammed the door closed before she sped off through a red light, police said.
“She’s lucky she didn’t cause any major accidents,” Lt. Taylor told WJBK. “She’s lucky she didn’t run the officer over.”
The officer suffered bruises and scrapes as a result of the incident, but is expected to recover, WDIV reported.
Although Gray initially escaped, a warrant for her arrest was quickly issued, according to WJBK.
On Oct. 30, Gray turned herself in to police with her attorney present.
She later appeared in court on charges of fleeing and eluding, obstructing a police officer causing injury, and resisting.
According to court records, Gray was previously convicted of a felony firearms offense, assault with a dangerous weapon, and firing a weapon at a building, WJBK reported.
She also has a history of retail fraud, and was on probation at the time of the incident.
Investigators have requested an additional retail fraud warrant for the suspect.
Gray’s defense attorney argued that her client is a single mother-of-four, and asked that she be released without bond.
The judge denied her request, and set Gray’s bail at $50,000.
She faces up to five years in prison if she is convicted.
You can watch dashcam footage of the officer’s encounter with Gray in the video below: