ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Police arrested a man accused of dragging a police officer during a traffic stop Thursday night.
Police say two officers approached a stopped vehicle for a license plate violation in the 1500 block of Estrada in the Oak Park Apartment complex at 7:45 p.m. During the traffic stop, one of the officers spoke to Maurice Worthy who allegedly gave them a license that did not match his description.
While the officer was attempting to retrieve the license from Worthy, he grabbed him by the arm and pinned him against the steering wheel. The suspect vehicle then dragged the officer roughly 300-feet.
Worthy is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action.
"The officer looks at the picture on the license and notices right away that its not the same guy and tells the man, 'That's not you,' and he says something to the effect of 'oh yeah' and starts to draw the license back," said Sgt. Brian Schellman of the St. Louis County Police Department. "The policeman says 'I still want to see the license' so he reached in to get the license and that's [when] the man grabbed him, then accelerated in the vehicle."
While the officer was being dragged, he fired three shots from his department issued pistol at Worthy.
The officer was able to free himself from the moving vehicle as the driver fled the scene. He was taken to a local hospital via ambulance. He was treated for minor injuries to his legs, elbow and hip before being released.
The officer was wearing a body camera, as part of a pilot program to test them out, but didn't hit a second button needed to record.
The second police officer did not sustain any injuries, or fire his gun.