Video shows lead-up to of­fi­cer’s in­juries

Cop dragged about 350 feet as driver fled scene in car

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Wayne K. Rous­tan South Florida Sun Sen­tinel wkrous­[email protected]­sen­tinel.com or 954-356-4303 or Twit­ter @WayneRous­tan

Po­lice have re­leased an in­jured of­fi­cer’s body-cam­era video show­ing a traf­fic stop that led to her be­ing dragged as the driver fled the scene in his car, ac­cord­ing to Boyn­ton Beach Po­lice Chief Michael Gre­gory.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re so for­tu­nate her in­juries were not more se­ri­ous than we saw,” he said Wed­nes­day.

The of­fi­cer — whose name was re­moved from the po­lice re­port — was treated for road rash at Bethesda Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal af­ter be­ing dragged an es­ti­mated 350 feet, the re­port stated.

Ti­mothy Tris­tan Jones, 47, of Boyn­ton Beach, got away, but sur­ren­dered Jan. 30 and was charged with ag­gra­vated bat­tery on a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, re­sist­ing an of­fi­cer with vi­o­lence, driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense as a ha­bit­ual traf­fic of­fender and flee­ing. He was be­ing held on a $20,000 bond in the Palm Beach County Jail, records show.

Jones was pulled over about 12:33 a.m. Jan. 17 in the 2900 block of Ocean Park­way for al­legedly driv­ing a Cadil­lac DTS with an ex­pired li­cense plate tag. The of­fi­cer asked Jones to come over and sit on the front of her pa­trol car, the re­port stated.

A 51-sec­ond seg­ment of the of­fi­cer’s body-cam­era video was re­leased, Wed­nes­day.

The first 30 sec­onds of the video has no au­dio, but it shows Jones talk­ing to the of­fi­cer, ges­tur­ing with his arms, and then walk­ing back to the Cadil­lac, ap­par­ently ig­nor­ing the of­fi­cer’s com­mands.

“Af­ter giv­ing sev­eral warn­ings she drew her Taser and ac­tu­ally had to fire the Taser to try to stop Mr. Jones from flee­ing the scene,” Gre­gory said.

The next 21-sec­onds of the video has au­dio and the of­fi­cer is heard call­ing for backup while fir­ing the stun gun at Jones, hit­ting him in the back. He still man­ages to get into the driver’s seat while re­peat­edly yelling, “Help, help, help.”

The of­fi­cer reaches in to grab the car keys but is pushed back and the body cam­era ap­pears to fall off her and onto the pave­ment — so it doesn’t show the of­fi­cer be­ing dragged.

“Dur­ing the en­counter, while Mr. Jones was in the car try­ing to flee and the of­fi­cer was try­ing to stop him, the body-cam­era be­came dis­lodged and fell off and tum­bled onto the street,” Gre­gory said.

Jones can be heard yelling, “Help, help, help. She’s try­ing to hurt me,” as the rear wheel of the Cadil­lac is seen rolling out of the frame in the video.

“(Jones) was able to shrug off the ef­fects of the Taser and drive away while she was still in the ve­hi­cle try­ing to get free from it,” Gre­gory said.

He said traf­fic stops are among the most com­mon and most dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­i­ties of­fi­cers deal with and he ad­vised motorists to just co­op­er­ate and talk to the of­fi­cer when pulled over.

BOYN­TON BEACH PO­LICE

Body cam­era footage shows a Boyn­ton Beach po­lice of­fi­cer try­ing to stop Ti­mothy Tris­tan Jones from flee­ing a traf­fic stop.

Jones

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