Suspect Arrested in Hillsborough Deputy Dragging
Deputies also arrested her boyfriend, in whose home she was found hiding, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
GIBSONTON – A woman suspected of dragging a deputy to avoid a traffic stop has been found and arrested, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies also arrested her boyfriend. They said Amber Marie Griffin was hiding out at his Gibsonton home.
Griffin, 29, of Riverview, was charged with one count each of resisting an officer with violence, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing to elude, resisting an officer without violence, and contempt of court.
Brian Keith Chesser, 57, of Gibsonton, was charged with one count each of aiding escape and refusal to aid a peace officer.
Griffin had been stopped by a deputy early Saturday (Sept. 1) morning while driving near the intersection of U.S. 301 S and Tom Road in Riverview. (Click here for related story.) She had an active bench warrant for failure to appear.
Investigators said Griffin repeatedly refused the deputy’s orders to get out of her 2018 Kia Rio. The deputy took measures to remove Griffin from the car. While doing so, Griffin put the car in gear and sped off with the deputy partially in the vehicle. She dragged the deputy about 20 feet.The deputy managed to get free and Griffin fled the scene. The deputy suffered minor cuts to his hand.
On Sunday (Sept. 2), after a brief chase on foot in a wooded area behind her boyfriend’sGibsonton home, Griffin was taken into custody with the help of K-9 deputies. Deputies said she was not hurt during the arrest.
Photo shows Amber Marie Griffin, left, and Brian Keith Chesser.
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