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Driver convicted of dragging Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputy

A driver has been found guilty of dragging an Indian River County Sheriff's deputy along the road during a traffic stop in 2013.

Deputy Brian Bell had pulled over a Nissan Maxima for speeding and said when he walked up to the window of the car he noticed a passenger had a joint.

When he tried to make an arrest, investigators said the driver, Wesley Clark, began to speed away.

Bell was dragged 20 feet, broke free and rolled to the side of the road.

Last week Clark was convicted of attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and fleeing and eluding, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

He will be sentenced Oct. 7.

"We are glad that Deputy Bell was not seriously injured by the reckless actions of Wesley Clark two years ago. He will now have to pay for that behavior. Our deputies put their lives on the line every night and we are glad to see justice served anytime they are threatened,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a news release.

The minimum mandatory sentencing for attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer is 25 years, according to the sheriff’s office.
 

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