Bag of pot reportedly leads man to flee, drag police

2013-03-06T16:49:00Z 2013-12-11T13:11:17Z Bag of pot reportedly leads man to flee, drag policeLUKE FEUERHERM Journal Times

RACINE — A 27-year-old Racine man was charged Wednesday after reportedly dragging two police officers from 20 to 30 feet with his car.

Edward L. Gamble Jr. was stopped Tuesday by two Racine Police Department officers on the 2000 block of 16th Street. During the stop, police noticed a bag of marijuana in the man’s car, at which point he reportedly shifted into drive and started pulling away, carrying the officers along with him, according to the criminal complaint.

The officers had been conducting surveillance in an unmarked squad car in the area of 20th and Mead streets due to high drug traffic, according to the complaint.

While in the neighborhood, they witnessed a silver Chevrolet Impala park behind another vehicle. The driver of the other car got out and up to the window of the Impala, where he stood for less than a minute before leaving, according to the complaint.

The officers then followed the Impala as it pulled from the curb and made a turn without signaling, according to the complaint, at which point officers initiated a traffic stop.

Police identified the driver as Gamble, of the 2200 block of Center Street, opened the car door and advised him to get out of the vehicle, according to the complaint. At that time one of the officers reportedly observed a bag that appeared to hold marijuana between the driver’s side seat and the door.

Soon after being asked to exit the vehicle, Gamble allegedly shifted the car into drive, according to the complaint. At that point, officers reportedly began shouting at Gamble and one grabbed hold of the man.

Gamble, however, began driving and dragged both officers along as he attempted to flee, according to the complaint. After one officer fell off, the other continued to hold Gamble trying to get him to stop until eventually falling off himself after the vehicle picked up speed.

The two officers were carried between 20 and 30 feet by the vehicle, which began crossing into oncoming traffic during the incident, according to the complaint.

After falling off of the moving vehicle, the officers returned to their patrol car and pursued Gamble who reportedly pulled into West Town Foods, 3326 16th St., where he fled on foot, according to the complaint. They eventually located Gamble and after a physical struggle, took the man into custody.

During a search of the Impala, officers reportedly located a bag that tested positively as containing marijuana, according to the complaint.

Gamble made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Wednesday. He is facing two counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, two counts of resisting an officer causing soft tissue injury and one count of resisting an officer — he is being charged as a repeater on each.

Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set cash bond at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 14.

Gamble remained in Racine County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records.

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(14) Comments

  1. Give Me a Break
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    Give Me a Break - March 08, 2013 4:59 pm
    Cops have been fighting drugs for 50+ years. And still losing. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.
    Name calling is all the cops and their supporters have.
  2. Give Me a Break
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    Give Me a Break - March 08, 2013 2:05 pm
    you know,
    English isn't your first language is it?
  3. Relocate
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    Relocate - March 08, 2013 10:51 am
    True that.
  4. Give Me a Break
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    Give Me a Break - March 08, 2013 7:49 am
    Kay nine, there's nothing ethical about a drug war that criminalizes people having small amounts of pot. And the drug cops, who aren't the best and brightest a police force has to offer, spend too much time treating EVERYONE they come across as a major drug kingpin. They are thugs, and have done almost as much damage to the black community as illegitimacy, street gangs, and a lack of education has done. I hope someday you come to realize what we've given up in our freedoms by submitting to the failed drug war.
    I know some of these guys. The only difference between them and the rest of Racine high society down at the bars on main street is the badge they carry.
    Why anyone respects a drug cop is beyond me.
  5. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - March 08, 2013 1:45 am
    HAAAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAA..... that's a good one. Funny stuff. Legalizing a drug that causes laziness, paranoia, memory loss, lack of ambition and delusional thinking. Oh yeah, that's hilarious.
  6. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - March 08, 2013 1:40 am
    Any any point, did the DRUG DEALER ask himself "is it really worth it for a small bag of pot?".

    Drug dealing is a real crime.... and every filthy little drug dealer thrown in jail is one less available for all the lazy couch dwellers to get their stash from.....
  7. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - March 08, 2013 1:35 am
    Sounds like a repeat criminal/drug dealer has a fan. (Just FYI: When told to stop by police, a person does not have the right to flee. If the cops were partially in the car trying to grab this m0ron, then yes... he did drag them.)
  8. heloman30
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    heloman30 - March 08, 2013 1:05 am
    Were they holding on? If so, that's not the same as being drug. Did they have their bodies through the windows or doors with the car running during a search? If so, that's stupidity! Sounds to me like everyone did something wrong here.
  9. frust8edtaxpayer
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    frust8edtaxpayer - March 07, 2013 12:49 pm
    I'm surprised one of these officers didn't shoot this fool. Dragging two officers with a vehicle usually is a sure ticket to an early grave.
  10. Relocate
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    Relocate - March 07, 2013 9:53 am
    Good job RPD. Throw all these dope heads in the clink. Thugs and nuttin more!
  11. youknowme
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    youknowme - March 07, 2013 8:33 am
    I would lock that idiot up! Good job Racine pd! Keep all the drugs off the street
  12. Give Me a Break
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    Give Me a Break - March 07, 2013 6:56 am
    Any any point, did these two cops ask themselves "is it really worth it for a small bag of pot?"

    What a waste of resources. What real crimes could have been investigated or prevented in the same amount of time?
  13. oldguy
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    oldguy - March 07, 2013 5:58 am
    Must have been new cops....
  14. sizzlinginracine
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    sizzlinginracine - March 06, 2013 7:10 pm
    Yet another reason to de-criminalize MJ.
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