Lake City police officer hurt after being dragged by vehicle during traffic stop

A Lake City officer is recovering after he was dragged by a suspect's car during a pursuit.

Lake City police said Friday that Officer Stuart Robinson is in good condition after he was injured Thursday night.

Robinson has a head injury and is at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

He was hurt during a traffic stop near U.S. 90 and Southwest Sisters Welcome Road.

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An officer had the vehicle pulled over and Robinson arrived for backup after learning the driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Breon Antoine Pope, had a warrant and a suspended license, said Mike Lee, Lake City Police Department public information officer.

Robinson somehow came into contact with the vehicle and dragged down the road for a mile by Pope's vehicle, continuing to flee while being pursued.

Before Robinson was dislodged from the vehicle and knocked into a ditch, the officer who initiated the traffic stop went to help Robinson while the Columbia County Sheriff's Office joined the pursuit of the vehicle.

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Pope and the passenger were apprehended and the passenger in the vehicle that dragged Robinson will likely not be charged.

Officers were searching the area for Robinson's body camera, which came off while he was being dragged by the vehicle.

They found the camera and are reviewing footage of what led up to his injury.

Robinson has been with the police department since 2011 and on the force since 2015.

Pope's previous arrests in Columbia County include drug possession charges and failure to appear.

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