Deputy dragged by moving car as suspect flees during traffic stop

June 18, 2019 05:31 PM

OGDEN, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Monroe County Sheriff's deputy was injured after he was dragged several feet by a moving car during a traffic stop.

Deputies responded to the Walmart on Brockport Spencerport Road in Sweden just after 4:30 a.m. Tuesday for the report of multiple suspects stealing a sound bar. The store manager told deputies the suspects fled the building. 

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Ogden Police later pulled over the suspect vehicle on Route 531 and Manitou Road. While officers and deputies were in the process of removing the driver and backseat passenger, the front seat passenger, 42-year-old Memzel Stewart, of Rochester, got into the driver's seat and put the car in gear. 

Lt. Kevin Schoepfel tried to stop Stewart from driving away but was dragged several feet. Schoepfel suffered abrasions and a sprained knee and ankle.

Stewart drove away and left the car just east of Elmgrove Road, fleeing on foot into the woods south of Route 531 in Ogden. Stewart was located soon after and was taken into custody without further incident.

Stewart is charged with assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, petit larceny, and resisting arrest. He was arraigned in Sweden Town Court and remanded to the Monroe County Jail without bail.

Deputies also charged the backseat passenger, 33-year-old Michael Sweet, of Rochester, with petit larceny. He was issued an appearance ticket for Sweden Town Court on July 10.

The initial driver of the car is not facing any charges.


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