Police: Man sped off with cop half in car


Published: Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:46 p.m.

A Gainesville man who was pulled over Friday night by an Ocala police corporal apparently sped away with the officer's feet hanging out the driver's side door.

Bradford Sheldon, 44, of Gainesville, also tried to push Cpl. George Hunley out of the car as he drove at speeds in excess of 80 mph, according to Ocala police.

Hunley and Sheldon received minor injuries, police said.

Sheldon was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, kidnapping, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, two counts of resisting arrest without violence, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

Ocala police say the episode began shortly before 11 p.m. Friday in Ocala, when Hunley said he noticed a blown headlight on a Volkswagen convertible. Hunley said when he stopped the vehicle, Sheldon, who was driving, told him he did not have his driver's license. Hunley said he checked information supplied by Sheldon, learned it was false and called for backup.

Hunley said he then asked for Sheldon's keys, but Sheldon refused to hand them over. After two attempts to get Sheldon out of the car, officers say Sheldon drove off, with Hunley's upper body in the car and his feet dangling outside.

Hunley said the two continued to struggle, with both men holding onto the steering wheel, the car door open and the VW traveling more than 80 mph.

The report says Sheldon finally managed to get the vehicle to a stop, where upon the struggle resumed and Hunley ended up Tasering Sheldon. A passerby finally helped Hunley subdue Sheldon, police said.

Sheldon had been released on Oct. 24 from Marion Correction Institution after serving more than a year for credit card fraud and cocaine possession.

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