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Police: Raleigh officer dragged by fleeing driver

Posted April 6, 2011

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— A Raleigh police officer was dragged down the road, caught in the truck of a man fleeing a traffic stop early Wednesday, police said.

Police said the officer stopped driver Cornelius Ray Thompson, 50, at Tarboro and Davie streets around 12:30 a.m. because a headlight on his truck was out.

When the officer approached the truck, he saw Thompson hiding something, police said. A struggle ensued, and Thompson jumped back in the truck.

Police said the officer's arm got caught in the seat belt, and he was dragged along the road when Thompson started driving away. The officer managed to get away, jumped in his car and pursued Thompson.

The chase went on for about 30 minutes at speeds between 45 and 60 mph, police said. Wake County sheriff's deputies and Garner police helped in the pursuit.

The chase ended outside Thompson's house at 1004 Spanish Moss Lane, south of Garner.

Thompson was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, one count each of felony speeding to elude and possession of cocaine, and various traffic violations.

Police said the officer, whose name hasn't been released, was treated at Spanish Moss Lane after the chase had ended.

Thompson has two previous convictions, for possession of drug paraphernalia in 2005 and common-law robbery in 1984, according to state Department of Correction records. He served about a year in prison for the robbery conviction.

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  • NCSU2311 Apr 6, 2011

    Thank God the officer is ok.

    Praying the throw the book at the runaway. No excuse for that Neanderthal behavior.
    RB-004isme
    GOLO member since February 23, 2011
    April 6, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Why did God kill the lady on 540? Why dont God answer my amputee brothers prayers for his arm to grow back? I know dont ask questions. Sheep.

  • illegals--GO HOME Apr 6, 2011

    Best news is that the officer is okay as he could have been badly injured or even killed over a low life like that!!!

    Put him, the crook, on a work detail somewhere cleaning out the sewers!

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Apr 6, 2011

    I'm impressed that the police use so much restraint against people like this. I'd have put several bullets in him for dragging that officer. If you're doing something illegal, you know it. So if you get caught, the cop is just doing his job. Do the time, don't make things worse.

  • wa4dou Apr 6, 2011

    Society has many more resources than we individually do and they place the full weight of those resources behind law enforcement. To run, regardless of reason, is foolish. If you manage to get away, they'll pick you up later. Generally speaking, you can't outrun the police, their aircraft or their radios. Always easier to stop and face the music now, than to run and make the situation much worse.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 6, 2011

    Thank God the officer is ok.

    Praying the throw the book at the runaway. No excuse for that Neanderthal behavior.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 6, 2011

    Don't ANY of these crimiminals ever watch "Cops"? Bad Boys Bad Boys, whatcha gonna do.... No one on that show ever manages to escape. On the plus side, wait, there IS no plus side.
    bigal02282
    April 6, 2011 2:46 p.m.
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    The plus is that they caught this monster, but the BIGGER PLUS is that this officer is OK!!!!!!!!

  • bigal02282 Apr 6, 2011

    Don't ANY of these crimiminals ever watch "Cops"? Bad Boys Bad Boys, whatcha gonna do.... No one on that show ever manages to escape. On the plus side, wait, there IS no plus side.

  • didisaythat Apr 6, 2011

    Sad some of the comments blame the officer. Yea, the officer profiled and then entrapped the guy in having crack. The officer probably yelled at the guy when he took away the criminals rights away when the officer got caught in the seat belt. I hope they pay this criminal for his troubles like they did Taylor. When are they going to outlaw police so the good citizenswon't be bothered. Oh yea drugs is a victimless crime. Tell that to ask the people that got robbed this year.

  • johnny2times Apr 6, 2011

    glad the officer is ok...and no there is no "routine traffic stop"...do people think this is routine?

  • CharismaticEdge Apr 6, 2011

    With a handle like gmuny33, it's clear where your cultural loyalties are. Misguided they may be, your ignorance and blatant race baiting is abhorrent behavior at best and dangerous at worst.

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