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Port St Lucie driver arrested after woman dragged while hanging on the outside of moving car

Police: Pair was arguing over Walmart gift card
Posted at 1:45 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 13:50:41-04

Police said an argument over a $150 Walmart gift card escalated into a woman being dragged by a moving car.

The suspect in the case, David Squitieri, 27, of Port St. Lucie asked the victim, Tamara Smotrilla, to return his items for a gift card at the Walmart located on 1850 SW Gatlin Blvd, according to the Port St. Lucie police report.

Smotrilla told police she agreed to return the items in exchange for $20 worth of drugs because Squitieri did not have identification.

When she realized the return amount was $150, she said she wanted one third of the amount from Squitieri.

According to police, Squitieri grabbed the gift card from Smotrilla and ran into his car in the parking lot.

Squitieri can be seen on surveillance video backing up his car as Smotrilla attempts to get inside the vehicle.

Police said Squitieri drove the car for about 100 yards as Smotrilla hung onto the outside of the car until she fell off, according to police.

Smotrilla was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening.

Police arrested Squitieri, who faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Investigators said he is linked to multiple fraudulent incidents at several Walmarts that are currently under investigation, according to police. 

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