A 38-year-old man dragged a Florida police officer for about a half-mile from the door frame of his car Tuesday morning. The officer is currently recovering in a local hospital.
The dramatic incident was caught on bodycam and the perpetrator, Thomas Cabrera, from Pembroke Pines, Florida, is now facing a charge of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer for the whole incident.
The footage shows Jon Cusack, a 19-year veteran of the Pembroke Pines Police Department, approaching a vehicle in a parking lot to check on the driver after police were called about a possible drug overdose. Within a split second, the driver, who police allege is Cabrera, wakes up and immediately starts to drive away.
The 47-year-old officer, Cusack, is seen in his bodycam footage clinging to the driver's side door as Cabrera speeds off, eventually reaching 60 mph, according to the police report. The driver attempts to ram a fire emergency vehicle, all while Cusack clings to the side, before the officer eventually releases his grip and tumbles off the side of the road.
Reports from police authorities indicate that Cabrera then led police on a chase, reaching speeds of 100 mph, and even using heroin while driving, according to the police report, before he was eventually apprehended in busy morning traffic on I-595.
The police revealed that a female passenger is yet to be charged. The officer suffered road rash over much of his body and the soles of his boots were completely burned off, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
"He's doing very, very good – good spirits. His wife and three kids are there, so he's in good spirits," Broward Police Benevolent Association president Jeff Marano told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG.
"They have a trip planned to go to Disney this weekend and he's still going to go," Marano said.