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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/27/2015 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Escapes Serious Injury after Suspect Pins Deputy to Car Dragging Him 

At approximately 4:14 pm, on Monday, January 26, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies Joseph Ranze, and Jacob Arbogast conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 black, two-door, Ford Mustang, on Hankin Road just north of Wells Road, Bartow.  The vehicle had an expired tag and the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. 

During the initial contact with the driver, 34-year-old Edward Lamar Hudson, Jr, DOB 01/07/1981, 1125 Barhorst Road, Bartow, deputies detected the odor of cannabis from inside the vehicle.  Deputy Ranze also witnessed Hudson reaching into his pockets.  Deputy Ranze instructed Hudson to keep his hands in plain view several times, which Hudson initially ignored. 

At one point during the investigation, Deputy Ranze removed a knife from the suspect’s left front pocket.  As Hudson was sitting inside his vehicle Deputy Ranze remained at the open driver’s door as he continued to talk with Hudson.  Deputy Arbogast returned to his vehicle to complete the traffic citations. 

Lake Wales K-9 Police Officer Hampton arrived on scene with his canine and as he approached the vehicle, Deputy Ranze told Hudson to exit the vehicle, and Hudson refused.  Deputy Ranze directed Hudson to comply multiple times and ultimately reached into the vehicle through the open driver’s door to escort Hudson out of the vehicle.  At this time, Hudson pinned Deputy Ranze’s right arm between his left arm and chest and using his right arm to start the car and put it into drive, began dragging Deputy Ranze.  Deputy Ranze struggled with Hudson attempting to put the car in park and to free himself from Hudson’s grip. 

As Hudson accelerated south on Hankins Road, Deputy Ranze was finally able to free his arm and push himself away from the vehicle.  Deputy Ranze fell on his left hand, wrist and elbow and sustained several abrasions which required medical attention.  He was treated and released from Bartow Regional Medical Center.  

Hudson continued to flee driving to the 1700 block of King Road where he then fled on foot.  He was ultimately apprehended one half mile away from King Road in an open pasture.  He was taken into custody and later booked into the Polk County jail charged with Resisting without Violence, Attempted Second Degree Murder on a LEO, and Resisting with Violence. 

Hudson has been in the Polk County Jail seven times previously and his criminal arrest charges include DWLSR, Battery-DV, Dealing in Stolen Property, and Grand Theft.