A Pine Bluff police officer received minor injuries when he was dragged by a vehicle while trying to take the keys out of the ignition.

A Pine Bluff police officer received minor injuries when he was dragged by a vehicle while trying to take the keys out of the ignition.

Capt. Greg Shapiro said Officer James Huff had reached into the car, a white Cadillac that had been stopped by Lt. Donna Fratesi on North University Drive at 4:20 a.m. because the driver was flashing his headlights and was driving on a flat tire.

Shapiro said police saw an open container of beer in the console of the car driven by Ben Creggett, whose speech was slurred, eyes were bloodshot, and reportedly smelled of alcoholic beverage.

Creggett, 35, reportedly refused to get out of the car and tried to start it when Huff reached inside to get the keys. Creggett got it started and began driving while dragging Huff who fell to the ground, police said.

Shapiro said Huff was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where was treated for injuries and then released.

As officers chased Creggett, he reportedly swerved and attempted to collide with the police cars, and other motorists had to take evasive action to avoid being hit, police said. Shapiro said the pursuit continued to South Camden Road (U.S. 79 south) when Creggett, by now driving on the rim, lost control and ran through the parking lot of Sissyís Log Cabin, almost hitting the building and striking trees before returning to the roadway and continuing south until the vehicle quit functioning, police said.

Creggett had to be forcibly removed from the car and was taken to JRMC where he refused treatment for minor abrasions.

He was taken to the adult detention center where he is being held on probable cause of second-degree battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing, both felonies, and on misdemeanor charges of disregarding a red light, driving on a suspended driverís license, no proof of insurance, operating an unsafe vehicle, DWI, refusal to submit to a breath alcohol test, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

Creggett is scheduled to appear in District Court for a probable cause on the felony allegations Monday.