OCPD: Officer Dragged During Drunk Driver's Escape Attempt
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Police have arrested a man accused of drunk driving and using his vehicle to drag an officer in an attempt to elude authorities.
Police responded around 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, to a gas station located near North Martin Luther King Avenue and East Reno Avenue after receiving reports of an inebriated driver.
A witness called 911 to report that the man, now identified as Virgil Shane Spencer, 22, was passed out in his car with a 20-pack of beer in the parking lot of the gas station. The caller also noted that the vehicle was running and stated that Spencer did not respond when the caller banged on the windows, according to reports.
When officers arrived on scene they attempted to initiate contact with Spencer, and again stated that he was unresponsive. The officers continuously knocked on the windows of the vehicle until Spencer eventually woke up.
Officials say Spencer was ordered multiple times to roll down his window and shut off his vehicle.
According to reports, Spencer failed to comply with demands, and tried multiple times to put his vehicle in gear. The officers on scene stated that being near a busy intersection and for the safety of others they were forced to break the car window.
When the officer leaned in to shut off the vehicle, Spencer reportedly successfully put the car in gear and proceeded to drag the officer approximately 20 yards as he dangled from the window.
The officer was able to hit the emergency parking break to stop Spencer’s escape.
As Spencer continued to attempt to drive away the second officer on scene ran to the vehicle and busted out the second window to get Spencer to stop.
Spencer was eventually pulled out of the car. The officers stated that he again tried to flee. Spencer was brought down and placed under arrest.
Authorities determined that Spencer was intoxicated, as well as driving with a revoked license.
Spencer had previous convictions for driving under the influence and drug possession.
Spencer was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on several complaints, including DUI felony, driving under revocation, obstructing an officer, and assault and battery on a city official.