VERO BEACH, Fla. -- - An Indian River County Sheriff's deputy is recovering on Monday after investigators said he was dragged along a car during a traffic stop.
Investigators said Deputy Brian Bell pulled over a Nissan Maxima on Sunday morning at 3:30 a.m. for allegedly speeding.
The deputy said when he walked up to the window of the car, passenger Andrew Coffee had a marijuana joint in his possession.
When Bell attempted to arrest Coffee, investigators said he began to struggle and that is when the driver, Wesley Clark, began to speed away down the road.
"We're hesitant to use the words 'routine traffic stop' for this very reason," said Sgt. Thomas Raulen of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Raulen said Bell eventually tumbled off the side of the vehicle after being dragged 20 feet.
"It could have been a lot worse. If the deputy didn't break free, the suspect fled at a high rate of speed and the deputy could have been killed," said Sgt. Raulen.
Seconds after Bell rolled onto the side of the road, he got back up, hopped in his patrol car and continued to pursue the suspects.
"I'm sure his adrenaline was running pretty high," said Sgt. Raulen.
Investigators said they found the car smashed into the "welcome" sign of Vero Lake Estates.
Deputies arrested Coffee, Clark is still missing.
"Deputy Bell I'm sure if we haven't caught Clark by Wednesday, I'm sure he'll be out there looking for him," said Sgt. Raulen.
Investigators also arrested the son of Coffee, Andrew Coffee IV. They found him at the crash site and believe he was trying to help his father escape.
Anyone with information surrounding the whereabouts of Clark should call the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.