A man from Portsmouth was arrested on November 3 on several charges, including reckless driving, in relation to a Virginia Beach traffic stop during which police claim he dragged the officer alongside his car as he attempted to flee the scene.
According to police, 30-year-old Christopher Dennis was found at the Greyhound Bus station in Norfolk, where he was attempting to flee Richmond with his wife and child, both of whom police say were also in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Police charged Dennis with felony assault of a law enforcement officer, felony child endangerment, resisting arrest, and reckless driving.
According to police spokeswoman Margie Hobbs, shortly before noon on November 3, Dennis was pulled over on Euclid Road. When the officer checked his identification, he learned Dennis had warrants issued for his arrest in Virginia Beach for grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, and two counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Hobbs said the officer asked Dennis to exit the vehicle, but instead he drove away. The officer attempted to stop him, but was dragged several feet alongside the car.
The officer received treatment at a local hospital for cuts, bruises, and other injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
At the time of Dennis’ arrest, the warrants related to grand larceny were also served.