DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – When police pulled a Georgia man over for violating the ‘hands-free’ law… they never expected the simple traffic stop to turn into a fight to stay alive.
Frightening cruiser dash cam video was just released from DeKalb County authorities that shows a suspect speeding away from the stop with an officer hanging onto his vehicle for dear life.
WSBTV reported that DeKalb County Officer Nathan Daley pulled over Derric Simpson, 35, on Ashford Dunwoody Road around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
The two officers approached the vehicle and began speaking with Simpson. At some point during the stop, Simpson reportedly put the car into gear. Officer Daley can be seen in the video on the driver’s side of the car. As Simpson got agitated, Officer Daley can be seen reaching inside the front left window of the vehicle in an alleged attempt to prevent Simpson from fleeing.
But as he did, Simpson hits the gas, fleeing the scene of the stop with Officer Daley clutching onto the vehicle. As he fled, the suspect allegedly attempted to side-swipe a number of cars in an apparent attempt to knock Daley off his grip.
The video shows the two flying onto I-285 West, a major highway in the area. As he approached the on-ramp, the car struck a Ford van, knocking Daley off of the vehicle.
Daley reportedly went flying from the vehicle and was nearly struck by other vehicles in the roadway. Amazingly, he was not seriously injured in the terrifying encounter.
Other DeKalb County officers continued to chase Simpson down the major roadway. After a few moments, he smashed into a number of other cars. Apparently not finished with his getaway attempt, Simpson jumped from his wrecked vehicle and began to take off on foot.
The foot chase didn’t last long.
Other officers that were in pursuit quickly nabbed the fleeing suspect and took him into custody.
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Simpson now faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated battery, trafficking the drug ecstasy, along with several other counts.
Incredibly, Officer Daley survived the encounter. He was quickly taken to the hospital, where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries. He has since been discharged and police say he will continue to recover from his home.
Dramatic video was released showing the terrifying incident.
Officer Daley commented on the frightening experience after it was over.
“It does look as bad as it feels, but you know me, I will bounce back 10 times stronger…I love you guys. Thank you so much for your support. I accept donations in the form of sweets,” Daley said with a smile.
He released a video from the hospital following the injury.
Amazingly, he had a smile on his face.