Brick police are searching for a man who is accused of disobeying an officer’s commands during a traffic stop, then putting his car in gear and dragging the officer 50 feet before he was able to free himself.
Sgt. Erik Olsen performed a traffic stop last night on Harris Avenue, just off Burnt Tavern Road, at about 10 p.m., said Sgt. Neal Pedersen. Olsen identified the driver as John Carter, 34, of Brick, who police say had two active warrants out of Brick municipal court.
After identifying the warrants, Ptl. Ryan Talty arrived on scene, and the two officers told Carter to exit the vehicle, a beige BMW 740i, Pedersen said.
“Carter refused to exit the vehicle and locked his driver side door,” said Pedersen. “Sgt. Olsen reached into the open window in an attempt to pull the inside door handle to open the door, at which point Carter put the vehicle in drive and accelerated causing Sgt. Olsen’s arm to become stuck in the window frame. ”
Carter accelerated rapidly, Pedersen said, dragging Olsen 50 feet before he was able to free himself. Ultimately, Carter was able to flee the scene toward Prospect Avenue and police have been unable to locate him since.
Olsen had an injury to his arm but refused medical treatment, Pedersen said.
Anyone with information on Carter’s whereabouts is being urged to contact police at 732-262-1100.
Carter has been charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, hindering apprehension, reckless driving, careless driving, disregard of a stop sign and maintenance of lamps.
Bail was set on these charges was set at $75,000 cash by Brick Township Municipal Court Judge Joseph Grisanti.