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Troy officer dragged by fleeing SUV

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 30, 2019

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A Troy police officer is recovering from his injuries after a 23-year-old Detroit woman suspected of retail fraud at Oakland Mall reportedly dragged him as she tried to flee. 

According to a press release, police responded to a report of retail fraud at the mall’s JC Penney store just after 5:45 p.m. Dec. 21. 

Police approached the two suspects, two Detroit women, ages 23 and 21, as they left the store, and the suspects reportedly ran through the parking lot and entered a black 2008 Saturn Vue. 

According to the press release, an officer moved his squad car behind the Vue with the emergency lights flashing, then approached the passenger side to apprehend the 21-year-old in the passenger seat. 

The 23-year-old driver reportedly put the SUV in drive, which ripped the door from the officer’s hand. The SUV moved forward, trapping the officer on the passenger side as he was partially inside the vehicle, according to the press release. 

Police said the officer was dragged as the driver struck a parked vehicle on the passenger side, slamming the passenger door on the officer. 

According to the press release, the driver struck another parked vehicle on the passenger side, striking the officer again with the door as he was stuck inside the SUV. 

A second officer pursued the SUV until it reportedly crashed head-on with a third vehicle. 

Police said the driver continued to press the accelerator to try to drive away until the officer drew his service revolver and ordered her to turn the vehicle off. 

The driver and passenger were arrested and charged with first-degree retail fraud, assault/resisting/obstructing a police officer causing injury, and assault with a dangerous weapon. 

The injured officer was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Police reported on Twitter Dec. 30 that he is recovering. 

The driver, Markayla Darway Pruitt, and passenger, Zetorria Frances Ellis, were arraigned in 52-4 District Court Dec. 23 on charges of first-degree retail fraud, assaulting a police officer causing injury and assault with a deadly weapon. They appeared in court without attorneys and requested court-appointed attorneys. Their attorneys could not be reached for comment. 

Pruit’s bond was set at $300,000. Ellis’ bond was set at $225,000. Their probable cause conferences are set for Jan. 2.

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054. 

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