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.