Volusia Co. deputy dragged; suspect arrested

- A Volusia County deputy was dragged down the street and the driver made a run for it after a traffic stop gone bad.

LaRodney Bennett thought he could run, but there was no hiding from Volusia County deputies. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says Bennett dragged Deputy William Kreutzer down the street. Kretzer had pulled Bennett over for speeding and noticed he was wanted on two open warrants.

Phil Como owns a pizza place near where it all went down. “He tried to open the car, the deputy, and his arm was in the car and the guy just took off!” Como said, “the deputy tumbled, I think he hurt his elbow or his arm.”

After he sped off, deputies say Bennett crashed into a tree, wrecking his car. They say he took off on foot to get away. Como says it didn't take long for deputies to get their eyes in sky to find him.

“I see the helicopter go flying around in that area over there, circling and circling,” Como said, “I kind of figured they had them, because it kept circling the same spot.”

After Bennett wrecked his car, sheriff's deputies say he tried to hide out here, among some ferns. It didn't take the canine unit long, however, to sniff him out.

After his arrest, deputies had to send Bennett to the hospital because the dog bit his leg. He's now booked into the Volusia County jail.

Como says things are usually quiet in his little town of Pierson. “But when things do happen here, they happen hard!” Como jokes.

This isn't Deputy Kretzer's first brush with danger. In September 2015, he and his partner were shot at while making another traffic stop. They returned fire, killing one suspect and wounding another. They both earned medals of valor for their bravery.

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