CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A loud crash nearly woke up an entire north Charlotte neighborhood early Tuesday morning after two suspects tried to evade a police officer, and ended up dragging him with their car.
Police officers say someone in the 1800 block of Maribel Ave. called the cops on the people in a Trailblazer a month earlier for threatening them with a rifle. After recognizing the SUV on Tuesday, officers say they tried to detain the suspects, but the passenger took off running, and the other stepped on the gas.
The police officer was partially trapped in the car, and was dragged 100 yards when the driver crashed into a tree.
“This is crazy. I wake up at three o'clock in the morning; see nothing but police lights and everything out here,” said one neighbor.
The SUV crashed into the trees, and flipped on its side. The officer broke his nose, and had other minor injuries.
“The leg wasn't broken, but good golly!” said CMPD public information officer, Rob Tufano. “When you have a situation like that as violent as that, in a moving vehicle that hits a tree, that rolls over, you could imagine how sideways this could have gone.”
Neighbors thought the same thing. “I was just glad that they was OK,” one woman said, “because they should have came out worse than what they were.”
Police arrested Deveno Sturgis, charging him with assault on a law enforcement officer causing injury, among other charges. He and his brother, Zevagius Sturgis, face drug charges after officers found crack cocaine, marijuana and a loaded handgun in the SUV.
“If you do the crime, you gotta do the time,” one woman said.
The officer is expected to be okay.