CLEVELAND – A dashcam video shows an Ohio state trooper being dragged at high speed for a mile down the street by a suspect fleeing from a Thursday night traffic stop is strong evidence of the dangers faced by police, a spokesman of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The video has been released by the Highway Patrol on Friday, shows the 22-year-old Jamel Robert Patton stop for a moment during the chase in Youngstown, which Trooper Michael Miller is safe to let go of the car. Miller is featured in the 90-second video yelling at Trooper Ray Ellis, who would be pursued Patton and Miller, “You must go after him!”
Ellis arrived at the traffic stop after Miller sought back-up for the removal of a reluctant Patton out of his car. Miller had stopped Patton around 11:30 p.m. for driving without headlights.
Miller was treated at a Youngstown hospital for minor injuries to his back and shoulder. The patrol spokesman Lt. Robert Sellers said it’s a “miracle” that Miller was not seriously injured.
The video shows Patton’s car passing vehicles in the opposite direction on a nearby street, while Miller is being dragged. Sellers did not know how soon Patton was driving, but said that the well was placed above the 35-mph speed limit.
“Every traffic stop is different and you never know when you stop a car what could happen,” the Seller said. “This shows the dangers that police officers face every day.”
Sellers said Miller, calling for Ellis to continue the chase, it turned out that Miller was in tune with getting the job done.”
Miller is a trooper since March, 2017. Ellis graduated from the patrol academy in September last year.
The video shows Patton throwing a gun out the window just before you stop for a few seconds. Ellis ended the pursuit when he lost sight of Patton’s car, Sellers said.
“That is the reason why he was running,” Sellers said of Patton. “He knew that he was going to jail if he had a gun.”
Patton pleaded guilty in December in Youngstown, for improper handling of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. A judge allowed Patton to enter drug treatment instead of a conviction.
Youngstown police in the first instance, found Patton’s car, but not Patton. Sellers said Friday morning an arrest warrant issued for Patton on felonious assault of a police officer, non-compliance and resisting arrest charges. Patton has since surrendered to the Highway Patrol.