Suspect dragged Akron officer for two blocks, police say

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AKRON, Ohio– A police officer was injured when he was dragged by an SUV early Friday morning.

It happened on South Arlington Street at about 12:30 a.m. Officers were watching an after-hours club when they spotted a Trailblazer with expired plates.

Demardre L. Johnson (Photo courtesy: Summit County Sheriff's Office)

Demardre L. Johnson (Photo courtesy: Summit County Sheriff’s Office)

They pulled over the SUV, but noticed the driver was nervous and breathing heavy. Police said Demardre L. Johnson, 29, didn’t have a driver’s license and refused to get out of the car.

An officer opened the SUV door and that’s when Johnson reached for the center console to put it in gear. According to Akron police, he accelerated with the officer hanging onto him.

Johnson tried to knock the cop off the car and dragged him for nearly two blocks. After the officer let go, the suspect drove off and crashed into a backyard on Davies Avenue.

Police said Johnson ran away, but was caught near a house on Georgia Avenue. He’s accused of having a small bag of marijuana in his pocket.

Johnson was charged with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, obstructing official business, failure to comply with police orders and felonious assault. He was treated for minor injuries before he was taken to the Summit County Jail.

The officer, an eight-year veteran, was taken to Akron General Medical Center. He was treated and released.

South Arlington Street