PORT ST. LUCIE, FL–
A Port St. Lucie police officer is recovering from minor injuries after he was briefly dragged under a car during a traffic stop.
The incident occurred on Saturday at the Valero gas station near Cherry Hill and Southwest Tulip Avenue.
According to the report, the officer conducted a traffic stop on a 19-year-old driver just before 8:30 a.m.
Video of the incident shows the officer questioning the driver identified as Dylan Morgan.
The officer asked Morgan if he had any weapons on him to which Morgan replied “no.”
The officer then asked Morgan if he had a medical marijuana card to which Morgan replied:
“I just got my car searched yesterday, sir.”
“Do you or no?” the officer asked again.
“No, sir,” Morgan replied.
The officer then inquired why the vehicle smelled like Marijuana and Morgan tells the officer that his vehicle doesn’t smell like marijuana.
As the conversation goes on, Morgan tells the officer
“Sir, I’m scared of cops, bro.”
Eventually, Morgan hands over a crossbody bag that allegedly contained marijuana.
When the officer opens the car door and asked Morgan to step out, Morgan then turned on his car and fled the scene with the officer still holding on to the door.
The officer was dragged about 15 feet before he was released from the car.
Morgan was arrested later when he returned to the scene.
He is charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams, resisting with violence, aggravated battery, and for having illegal tint on his front windshield, tinted taillights, and altered exhaust.
The officer was said to have suffered injuries to his left foot and hip.