DPS: Trooper Dragged During Traffic Stop in Nacogdoches County
According to a media release from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), two men from Little Rock, Arkansas were arrested for multiple felony and misdemeanor offenses, following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 259, near Farm-to-Market Road 1087, that occurred Tuesday, May 10. FM 1087 is also known as Camp Tonkawa Road.
The DPS report states that the preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 11:06 a.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Cadillac passenger car, and after interviewing the occupants, the trooper noticed signs of criminal activity. A vehicle search revealed a large amount of the drug believed to be promethazine.
During the attempted arrest of the driver, he allegedly fled in his vehicle, dragging the trooper a short distance. The driver fled north on US 259 and onto FM 1087, crashed the vehicle, and was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver, identified as 20-year-old Mohamed Diop, was not injured during the crash. Diop was arrested for the following offenses: evading in a motor vehicle and assault on a public servant, both felony offenses. He was also arrested for possession of a dangerous drug, evading on foot and failing to comply with the requirements on striking an unattended vehicle, all misdemeanor offenses.
The passenger, identified as 19-year-old Salem Abdi, is charged with possession of a dangerous drug.
The trooper was not seriously injured during this incident. This investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time. Any further questions regarding this investigation will be referred to the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office.