Shocking video shows deputy being dragged by fleeing suspect’s vehicle

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man is in custody after authorities say he dragged a deputy nearly 100 yards during a traffic stop.

Video captured by the deputy’s body-worn camera and cruiser dash-cam shows the deputy having a calm conversation about the legality of window tints with the man during the traffic stop. 

But it quickly escalated. 

Shocking video shows deputy being dragged by fleeing suspect's vehicle
What started as a routine traffic stop turned into a frightening ride for this deputy. (SCSO)

 

What started as a routine traffic stop ended with a massive cooperative effort to place Rocky Rudolph Jr. in jail. According to the story from WESH News, the deputy pulled Rudolph over for a window tint violation. Rudolph’s windows were darker than the legal limit, and while the deputy explained that, he reportedly noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Shocking video shows deputy being dragged by fleeing suspect's vehicle
As Rudolph tried to throw the car into gear, the deputy drew his weapon. (SCSO)

 

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The deputy asked Rudolph to turn off the car, but instead, he began getting upset. He told the deputy that he didn’t posses a medical marijuana card and refused to turn off the engine.

A statement from Sheriff Dennis Lemma noted that Rudolph became aggressive and combative, yelling at the officer and lunging at the deputy’s drawn firearm. He then shifted the car into ‘Drive’ and took off with the deputy hanging on for dear life.

The video released to the public shows the moments that Rudolph takes off in the SUV as the deputy clings to the side, standing on the runner boards and holding on with his one free hand.

Other cars can be seen on the roadway as the deputy and Rudolph shoot down the onramp. Eventually Rudolph swerves and throws the deputy off the side of his vehicle. 

Shocking video shows deputy being dragged by fleeing suspect's vehicle
Rudolph begins to flee with the deputy clinging on. (SCSO)

Authorities said that Rudolph continued to flee in the SUV before climbing out and jumping a fence into a residential area. Multiple agencies from Seminole County joined in the chase to take Rudolph into custody. 

Shocking video shows deputy being dragged by fleeing suspect's vehicle
The deputy was eventually thrown from the vehicle as Rudolph fled the scene. (SCSO)

Rudolph was spotted jumping into a vehicle that was reportedly being driven by his daughter. Police surrounded the vehicle and apprehended the suspect without further incident. You can watch the full video below.

https://www.facebook.com/wesh2news/videos/334585100785096/?v=334585100785096

 

Authorities found a gun inside Rudolph’s vehicle along with another firearm that he allegedly threw into the bushes while he was fleeing. 

“This is a bad dude, who who almost killed one of our sheriff’s deputies on the side of the road,” Sheriff Lemma said.

Shocking video shows deputy being dragged by fleeing suspect's vehicle
Rocky Rudolph Jr. (SCSO)

 

Rudolph is facing multiple felony charges for his actions.

The unnamed deputy was reported in good condition, despite the intensity of the incident he went through. 

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Shocking video shows deputy being dragged by fleeing suspect's vehicle

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