VIDEO: Ohio Trooper Dragged By Vehicle During Intense Mile-Long Pursuit

An Ohio state trooper clung desperately to a fleeing suspect's open driver's door as he sped down the road.

Youngstown, OH – A driver who dragged an Ohio state trooper with his car for approximately a mile during a pursuit has turned himself in to police following a statewide manhunt (video below).

The incident occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Thursday, when Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Miller spotted a Ford 500 without a headlight and pulled the driver over on Glenn Oak Drive, WKBN reported.

Trooper Miller approached the driver, later identified as 22-year-old Jamel Robert Patton, and asked him to step out of the vehicle.

Dashcam footage from a patrol vehicle at the scene showed Trooper Miller standing inside the open driver’s door of the suspect’s vehicle as Patton suddenly sped away.

The frantic trooper grasped the door and roof of the fleeing vehicle, and momentarily placed one of his feet inside the car in an attempt to brace himself, the video showed.

His partner, who was positioned on the passenger side of the suspect vehicle, raced back to the patrol car and began pursuing Patton as he dragged Trooper Miller down the roadway.

As the trooper caught up to the fleeing vehicle, Trooper Miller clung desperately to the open door as his feet raked across the pavement below him.

Patton suddenly braked, slowing down just enough for Trooper Miller to release his grip and fall to the ground, then the Ford 500 took off again.

The other trooper ran to help his fellow officer as he knelt in the middle of the roadway.

“You good, Mike? You good?” he asked.

“Go after him!” Trooper Miller yelled, motioning at the fleeing vehicle.

The trooper jumped back into his patrol vehicle to resume the pursuit, just as Patton’s taillights disappeared around a curve in the distance.

Patton managed to escape and a warrant was issued for his arrest for the offense of assault on a peace officer, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post. They asked for the public’s assistance in locating him.

Patton, who has a lengthy criminal history, turned himself in at the Austintown Police Department at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, WFMJ reported.

Trooper Miller sustained non-life threatening injuries to his back and shoulder, and was transported to a local hospital, the highway patrol said.

"He has some scrapes and bruises to his lower extremities, nothing life-threatening," Lieutenant Brad Bucey told WKBN.

He was treated and released from the hospital.

You can watch the harrowing bodycam footage in the video below:

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ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

Why do so many cops hold on to a moving vehicle?

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Probably trying to grab the bad guy. Why I'm I talking to myself again?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"Why do so many cops hold on to a moving vehicle?" Because various kinds of insurance continue to pay out for these types of injuries that they inflict on themselves. Hopefully, that will stop and police work will become safer. Because Blue Lives Matter.

gfc1963
gfc1963

So doing their job and getting injured is their fault?? Protecting dumb muppets like you? You and HCD really are related! You should be put in a room together and a grenade thrown in just after. What a pair of idiots.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Part of their job is to avoid taking stupid risks. So, no, officers who grab onto cars that are starting to move are NOT doing their jobs.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@gfc1963 I'll address you here as well so you don't miss the comment. That misspelled account was created specifically to trip my original account. Your generation as a whole should learn not to believe everything you see on the internet.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@ByAnyMeansNecessary - "Why do so many cops hold on to a moving vehicle? " Hmm, why do so many minorities shoot at moving vehicles?

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@LEO0301

Ha, his point is you don't need any kind of training not to hold on to a moving vehicle. All you need is common sense.

For some reason, some officers lack that in this situation.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@ByAnyMeansNecessary thanks for stating what should have been obvious. I was going to, but found it too tedious a prospect. Do you have the BDP album that is your new name?

DRTice
DRTice

He should have shot him

Jsmoe
Jsmoe
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Most departments do train you to avoid placing yourself in danger. When it come to cars hitching a ride in the side of the car is placing yourself in danger. You aren’t superman you aren’t pulling someone’s out of a moving car. But also the suspect is at fault for knowingly continuing to drive when he knew the trooper was on the door.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@Burgers Allday Oh shit I didn't know you were a classic hip hop head! I "have" it as in I am able to stream it, but I never had the vinyl. I missed buying records by a few years... When I was coming up it was cassettes and soon after, CDs.

I guess with records being back in style now, I should look into staying a collection. Starting with BDP of course.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I got it on cassette when it came out, and repurchased the mp3s about 5 years ago. Jimmie is wearing a hat!

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

I once thought that all police were bad until one gave me a lolly pop. Now thems are good. Me loves the blue light special!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - what I find tedious, is the same comments you post over and over again.

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

I wonder if stricter comment control on this site would have made a difference?