Man drags woman with car, punches officer, Longwood police say

Duo was meeting up with ex-roommate for rent money when fight occurred

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:34:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 06:49:26 PM EST
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LONGWOOD, Fla. -

Longwood police have arrested two men, one of which they say dragged a woman with their car at an Amscot, and the other punched an officer in the face when confronted by authorities.

Police said Matthew Scott, 31, went to meet with his old roommate at the Amscot on North State Road 600 to repay her money he owed her when an argument ensued.

Scott grabbed the woman by her sweatshirt and told the driver, Demetrius Harris, 24, to drive away, dragging the victim 10 feet, according to police.

Police found Harris and Scott driving westbound on State Road 434 in the area of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and during the traffic stop, Harris started to run away, according to the report.

When confronted by one of the officers, Harris punched the officer in the face, the report states. Police said once Harris was in custody, they found he had cocaine and drug paraphernalia on him.

Harris has been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended and aggravated battery.

Harris' license has been suspended for 60 months for being a habitual traffic offender. Records show Harris has had 13 suspensions on his license and shouldn't have been driving. He is being held on a no-bond status.

Scott has been charged with aggravated battery and was being held on bond at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on $2,500 bond.