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Traffic stop leaves deputy injured

By Barbara Layton

A routine traffic stop on the evening of Dec. 27, sent a Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy to the hospital with injuries. 

According to the criminal complaint, the deputy along with a patrolman, conducted a traffic stop on I-77. As the deputy was retrieving the driver’s information, both he and the patrolman noticed the odor of what they know to be marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The complaint states that after conducting a record check on the driver, identified as 30-year-old Davin Thornton of Columbus, through the Jackson County 911 Center, the deputy advised Thornton they would be doing a probable cause search of the vehicle. At that point, the driver refused commands to exit the vehicle. As the deputy opened the driver’s side door, Thornton placed the vehicle into gear and accelerated, with the deputy hanging on to the door, dragging him approximately 30 feet, as reported in the complaint. 

According to the complaint, the deputy was able to let go of the door and get back to his police cruiser where he and the patrolman were able to pursue and apprehend the suspect a short distance later.

The complaint states that during the initial stop, the patrolman had noticed a duffel bag in the passenger side floorboard of Thornton’s vehicle; however, when the suspect was stopped the second time, it was no longer there. 

After further investigation, officers were able to locate the bag that appeared to have been thrown from the vehicle by the suspect. The bag contained personal identifying information indicating it did in fact belong to Thorton, along with a distributional amount of what appeared to be marijuana and a single set of digital scales, according to the complaint. 

With the information collected, the suspect, Davin Thornton, was arrested and charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of malicious assault, one count of fleeing with reckless indifference causing injury, and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (marijuana).

The deputy was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries which were considered non-life threatening.