Driver Who Dragged Cop Turns Himself In: Police

The driver accused of running over a police officer's foot and dragging him one block before fleeing the scene is now in custody, according to investigators.

By David Chang
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 11:58 PM EDT
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After being on the run since Tuesday, 27-year-old Christopher Stegall is finally in police custody and facing a long list of charges, according to Police. Stegall turned himself in to the 35th District late Thursday night. Philadelphia Police Officer George Fox stopped Stegall for a traffic violation. Police say Stegall refused to get out of his car and took off, dragging Officer Fox for about a block. NBC10's Claudia Rivero reports from Northwest Detectives in Olney.

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After being on the run since Tuesday, 27-year-old Christopher Stegall is finally in police custody and facing a long list of charges, according to Police. Stegall turned himself in to the 35th District late Thursday night. Philadelphia Police Officer George Fox stopped Stegall for a traffic violation. Police say Stegall refused to get out of his car and took off, dragging Officer Fox for about a block. NBC10's Claudia Rivero reports from Northwest Detectives in Olney.

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The driver accused of running over a police officer's foot and dragging him one block before fleeing the scene is now in custody, according to investigators. Police say Christopher Stegall, 27, turned himself in on Thursday.

On Tuesday, around 7:45 p.m., Officer George Fox stopped Stegall on 4th and Olney Avenue for traffic violations. As Officer Fox tried to open the door, police say Stegall took off.

"The operator sped off at a high rate of speed, dragging the 35th District Officer one block," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "The officer fell off the vehicle on the 300 block of Olney Avenue."

Officer Fox suffered a fractured left ankle and abrasions on his elbow. He was taken to Einstein Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Police say they immediately identified Stegall as the suspect since he turned over his license and registration during the traffic stop. Police also say they recovered his vehicle.

On Thursday, around 7 p.m., Stegall turned himself in to police, according to investigators. Police also say his mother was with him at the time. He has not yet been arrested or charged though investigators say he will eventually face several charges.

Police say Officer Fox is doing well and will be off for a few weeks.

 


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