Suspect arrested after officer bitten, dragged during traffic stop

A woman is accused of dragging an Atlanta officer after she was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, authorities said.

A woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after biting and dragging an Atlanta police officer who pulled her over for a minor traffic violation, authorities said.

The officer saw the woman make an improper left turn and stopped her about 1:30 p.m. on Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said.

As he spoke with her, the woman bit him on the arm and attempted to drive away, authorities said. The officer tried to stop the car and ended up being dragged a short distance before freeing himself.

The woman, identified as Alepha Ezell, continued driving before crashing into a nearby pole, police said. After wrecking her car, she got out and ran.

She was arrested after the officer discovered her hiding inside a nearby business, Avery said. She was not injured during her arrest, but police said she left visible marks and bumps on the officer’s arm.

Ezell faces eight charges, including aggravated assault, felony obstruction, fleeing police, operating a vehicle without insurance, driving with a suspended license, improper turn, simple battery and reckless driving, police said.

Police spokeswoman TaSheena Brown said the suspect likely fled because she knew she had a suspended license. As of Thursday night, Ezell had not finished being booked into the Fulton County Jail, according to online records.

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