Sheriff: Man drags officer with vehicle during traffic stop

Lester Bell (Source: Hamblen County Sheriff's Office)

HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – A man authorities say was dealing methamphetamine is in custody and facing numerous charges after he dragged a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop Thursday night.

The Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy stopped Lester Mark Bell, 53, on Thursday night for running a stop sign. During the traffic stop, deputies noticed a passenger pushing something out of a syringe, while Bell and two people in the back seat acted nervous.

According to the police report, as one of the deputies helped Bell out of the vehicle, Bell put the car in drive and started to speed off while the deputy was still inside the vehicle, dragging him for 30 feet before he was able to jump away.

The deputies pursued Bell, finally catching up to him in the 2600 block of Shields Ferry Road. Inside Bell’s car, they found two bags of a crystalline substance weighing 5 grams, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Bell is charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest, failure to exercise due care, reckless endangerment and delivery or possession of a narcotic.

The deputy was able to return to work Friday.



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