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Officials: Driver drags Florida deputy with SUV during traffic stop

Body camera and dashcam footage released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office show the deputy and suspect initially having a friendly interaction.
Rocky Rudolph, 38, of Apopka, Florida, was pulled over by Seminole County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Blais. Rudolph threw the car in drive as the deputy hangs out of the window and screamed for the driver to stop.
Posted at 7:32 PM, Jun 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 07:53:46-04

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man faces attempted murder charges for dragging a sheriff deputy about 100 yards with his SUV during a traffic stop.

Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma told news outlets 38-year-old Rocky Rudolph Jr. was shot in the leg by the officer during the Orlando-area incident. He fled on foot but was detained eight hours later and taken to a hospital.

Deputy Aaron Blais was also taken to a hospital.

Rocky Rudolph, 38, of Apopka, Florida, was pulled over by Seminole County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Blais. Rudolph threw the car in drive as the deputy hangs out of the window and screamed for the driver to stop.
Rocky Rudolph, 38, of Apopka, Florida, was pulled over by Seminole County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Blais. Rudolph threw the car in drive as the deputy hangs out of the window and screamed for the driver to stop.

Blais pulled Rudolph over Saturday in Lake Mary, Florida, for illegal window tint and smelled marijuana. Lemma says Rudolph refused to turn off the SUV, and began driving while Blais grabbed the window.

Blais pulled his gun out, radioed for backup, but Rudolph drove even further. Lemma says Blais fired into the car before falling off.