WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Dash camera video from a Williamson County patrol car shows a deputy being dragged as a car speeds away from a traffic stop.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s office said the suspect, Jonathan Nunnally, 22, was arrested and is in custody. The incident happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday, and shortly before 8 a.m. Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted video of the incident, calling out the “highly intoxicated driver in possession of harmless marijuana & harmless cough syrup (sarcasm),” saying that person “nearly killed one of my deputies.”
The video shows the car stopped near the State Highway 45 toll and County Road 172. Investigators say Nunnally was already stopped at the traffic light before the deputy pulled up behind him.
When Deputy Tabytha Horseman approached the car, the driver appeared to be passed out. When the deputy knocked on the window, Nunnally started to slowly drive — that’s when the deputy opened the driver’s side door and took the driver’s keys. Horseman can then be heard asking the driver if he is OK and if he needs EMS. The driver declined. The man appeared to have difficulty following her instructions to hand her his license and proof of insurance.
“I don’t have it,” Nunnally says, before taking out a second set of keys, turning on the car, pressing down on the gas and then putting the car in drive. The sheriff’s office said the deputy had reached in to grab the keys out of the ignition when he took off.
“The driver is trying to kick her out of the vehicle while he’s traveling at this high rate of speed,” explains Chody. The video appears to show the deputy being dragged along the road away from the camera as she calls for backup and yells for the driver to stop. According to an affidavit, Nunnally yelled “Get out!” at the deputy while kicking at her repeatedly, so she punched him in the face.
“You have my foot, you have my foot” she can be heard saying as another patrol car heads their way. The suspect drove about a half a mile before the deputy was able to use a Taser on him and put the car in park.
Chody says his deputy did the right thing. “There is no way you can convince me this guy, this person, this perpetrator, had only one intent and that was to get away at any cost, which included the serious injury, if not death of my deputy.”
Chody says the deputy is new and had only been out on the streets by herself for about a month. Despite a harrowing experience, Horseman is OK and has no injuries.
Chody says Nunnally had marijuana and Sizzurp — a concoction of prescription cough syrup that contains soda — in his car. They also believe he had been drinking. Nunnally is facing a charge of aggravated assault against a public servant. His bond is set at $500,000.