Craig Deshawn Wright is receiving several charges including Assault of A Law Enforcement Officer after dragging a Hagerstown Police Office about 100 yards.
Craig Deshawn Wright was apparently asleep at the wheel stopped on West Antietam Street at around 3 am. The car did not move when the light changed to green and the officer approached the vehicle.
Wright was leaning forward in the driver’s seat and “actively drooling”. According to the officer’s report, there was a half-empty bottle of liquor in the cup holder and it took around 5 minutes of knocking on the window before he woke up.
Wright exited the vehicle as instructed but as the officer attempted to handcuff Wright, he got back into the driver’s seat.
The handcuff had snagged Wright’s shirt sleeve and when he entered the vehicle, the officer’s arm got pinned between the driver’s seat and Wright’s back.
Wright then drove the vehicle through an intersection where he hit a crossing signal post. The car then continued to drive into a wooded area where he struck a fallen tree. This caused the officer to hit his head on a door pillar.
The officer wrote that they had traveled about 100 yards away from the initial scene of the stop.
Wright then exited the vehicle and began choking the officer. He was able to prevent Wright from leaving the scene until other units arrived.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found drug paraphernalia, a capsule of suspected cocaine and several syringes.
According to the officer, after the incident he had cuts, swelling and bruising of his head, bruising and cuts on his right leg, minor cuts to his hands and difficulty speaking.
In addition to 10 traffic citations, Wright was charged with the following:
- Second Degree Assault (Misdemeanor)
- First Degree Assault (Felony)
- Drug Possession (Misdemeanor)
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
- Malicious Destruction of Property with a value of < $1,000 (Misdemeanor)
- Resisting/Interfering with arrest (Misdemeanor)
- Reckless Endangerment (Misdemeanor)
- Second Degree Assault of Law Enforcement/P&P/FIRE/EMS (Felony)
As of Tuesday, he is being held without bond according to online court records