A $100,000 bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly dragged a police officer down the street with his vehicle while the officer was trying to get the man's keys.
A $100,000 bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly dragged a police officer down the street with his vehicle while the officer was trying to get the manís keys.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Ben Creggett, 35, with second-degree battery and felony fleeing, based on an affidavit from Detective Roy Gober.
Deputy Prosecuor Maxie Kizer said Lt. Donna Fratesi stopped a white Cadillac driven by Creggett at University Drive and Bell Street at about 4:20 a.m., because the driver was flashing his headlights and the car had a flat tire.
Kizer said Creggett appeared to be intoxicated and Officer James Huff, who had arrived to assist Fratesi, went to the driverís side of the car and tried to remove the keys. Creggett drove off with Huff hanging on to the side for 10 to 15 feet before falling to the street where he injured both knees.
Gober reported that Creggett drove erratically from University Drive to U.S. 79 South (Camden Road), driving at about 70 mph, swerving toward police cars, and causing other drivers to take evasive action. He drove across the parking lot of Sissyís Log Cabin, nearly missing the building and several trees before returning to the roadway.
The vehicle finally quit running near the Bayou Bartholomew Bridge and Creggett was forcibly removed from the car and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he refused treatment.
Kizer said Creggett is currently on probation after being convicted of battery.
He told Judge Bridgforth he would hire his own attorney.