Man sought after dragging Indian River deputy with car
Deputy was in process of arresting passenger when driver took off, report states
Authorities are searching for the driver who they say dragged an Indian River County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
According to the release, the deputy was conducting a traffic stop on County Road 512 between Fellsemere and Interstate 95 and as one of the passengers inside the car was being arrested on drug possession charges, he broke from the deputy' grip.
Andrew Coffee Sr., 33, got back into the car as driver Wesley Clark, 28, drove away. The deputy was Coffee and as a result, the deputy was dragged several feet and nearly run over by the car’s rear tire.
The deputy followed the car until it crashed at the front of a subdivision, where Clark and Coffee fled, according to the release. Coffee was found and arrested on resisting arrest without violence, possession of marijuana under 20 grams, giving a false name while detained, theft (for taking the deputy’s handcuffs), and tampering or destroying evidence.
Coffee's son, Andrew Coffee IV, 19, was also arrested after deputies found him with an app on his cellphone to listen to law enforcement radio traffic and believe he was arranging to pick up his father to avoid his capture.
Clark is wanted for aggravated battery on law enforcement officer with deadly weapon, flee and elude, and leaving scene of accident with property damage.
The deputy suffered minor injuries of scrapes on his face, forearm and knee as a result of being dragged.
Anyone with information about Clark’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office at 772-978-6240.