Authorities say Deputy Mark Adams pulled a blue station wagon over near the intersection of Englewood Drive and Ten-Ten Road in Holly Springs Friday afternoon.
After pulling the car over, Adams discovered the car had fake tags and the man in the car, 45-year-old Tony Hayden Gladden, had been wanted on felony larceny.
Adams arrested Gladden, placed him in handcuffs and put him into his patrol car. The suspect then somehow got into the driver's seat of the patrol car.
When Adams tried to stop Gladden, he was dragged about 300 yards down the road.
Gladden later ditched the car and ran from the scene. Authorities are still searching the area for Gladden.
Authorities plan on bringing a highway patrol helicopter with infrared cameras from Kinston to aid in the search.
Adams was taken to WakeMed for non-life-threatening injuries. He has been with the sheriff's department for three years.
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