WACO, TX — On Friday, November 20, 2020, at about 9:35 PM, 2 Waco Police officers were sent to 3638 W. Waco Dr., The Car Mel Apartments, on a suspicious vehicle call. As the first officer made his way to the back of the complex, he located a male standing between 2 vehicles.
The officer decided to approach the male who had now gotten in the driver seat of a Chevrolet Cruse. As the officer got close to the Chevy Cruse, he began to smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer began to give commands to the male inside the vehicle to detain him, however, the male decided to attempt to flee instead.
The driver put the vehicle in drive and began to drive away. When he did this, the officer who was standing next to the vehicle got hung up on the door area of the vehicle.
The officer then held on to the side post of the vehicle so he would not be run over, all while the driver of the vehicle was driving away. The driver then put the car in reverse, while the officer was still hung on the car. While this was going on the officer was able to gain enough leverage to reach in the vehicle and keep the male from crashing into other vehicles and the apartment building.
Eventually, the male realized that he was not going to win against this officer and came to a stop after dragging him nearly 40 yards through the back parking lot of the Car-Mel Apartments.
Once the vehicle came to a stop, the suspect became compliant with the officer and was taken into custody. After he was taken into custody, officers on the scene found not only illegal drugs in the car but also a stolen handgun.
The suspect in this case is identified as 22-year-old Deontre Thomas of Waco.
Thomas was arrested and taken to the McLennan County Jail for a list of charges which included: Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant, Evading in a Motor Vehicle,
Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Tampering with Identification Numbers, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana.
The officer in this case ended up with minor injuries.