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Wake Forest man accused of dragging ABC officers with SUV

Posted December 29, 2013

Mario Dion Hartsfield

— A Wake Forest man was arrested Sunday evening after he allegedly dragged two Wake County ABC officers with his Jeep Liberty while trying to escape from them.

Mario Dion Hartsfield, 36, faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official after, an arrest warrant says, he dragged agents with the Wake County Board of Alcoholic Control Law Enforcement Division who were investigating a controlled substance and parking violations near Raleigh and Crabtree boulevards.

Hartsfield, of 434-A E. Juniper Ave., was jailed Sunday at the Wake County Detention Center under a $263,000 secure bond on the assault charges as well as other charges, including resisting a public officer, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, possession with intent to sale or distribute marijuana and a handicapped parking violation.

He was expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

Details about how seriously the ABC officers – Joshua Tilton and Lewis Nuckles – were injured were not available Sunday night.


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  • Bigbadwolf Dec 30, 2013

    it says they were investigating "controlled substances (drugs) and parking violations".....which they have authority to do. Sounds like they were doing their job to me.

  • klink Dec 30, 2013

    Why are Alchoholic Control officers "investigating parking violations"?

  • 678devilish Dec 30, 2013

    Now he faces his own dire consequences. Justice will be served.

  • RonnieR Dec 30, 2013

    wildpig, ABC, not ALE. ALE are State officers.

  • heobaker Dec 30, 2013

    Why do people feel the need to flee when approached by a law enforcement officer. Law enforcement officials of any kind do have a right to question anyone, about any type of crime. There are exceptions, like corrupt officers that try to make something out of nothing. Never let your guard down and always have a witness and never be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Inter Alios Dec 30, 2013

    Wearing a badge, in and of itself, does not bestow a right to try to stop a car. It is just plain foolish to hold on to a moving car in an effort to stop it, cop or no cop.

  • Obamacare prevails again Dec 30, 2013

    So did the officers grab the spare tire on the back of the Jeep and 'ride it' until the suspect finally stopped?

  • wildpig777 Dec 30, 2013

    so now ALE is enforcing parking tickets? sounds about right-- it should be clear to any free thinking citizen in nc that law enforcement is running wild in this state- and it oughta be stopped.

  • Paul M Dec 30, 2013

    " So, if someone grabs your car trying to stop you and you drag them down the street, you get charged with assault?"

    Not someone, A person with a badge.

  • Inter Alios Dec 30, 2013

    So, if someone grabs your car trying to stop you and you drag them down the street, you get charged with assault?