Algiers woman flees traffic stop with officer hanging from door

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 6:56 AM

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NEW ORLEANS -- A traffic stop almost ended in tragedy Saturday night after an Algiers woman tried to drive off with a New Orleans police officer hanging from her door.

It happened Saturday near the intersection of General Meyer and Pace Boulevard at 11:45 p.m.

Officer Daniel Plustache pulled over 35-year-old Latoya Brandi Alexis after she was allegedly slumped over the wheel, said New Orleans Police Department spokesman Officer Frank Robertson.

When Plustache approached the door, Alexis tried to flee out the passenger side. Robertson said when Plustache grabbed Alexis' arm to try and stop her, she "immediately and without hesitation" started the vehicle and drove off with Plustache still hanging on the driver's side door.

Several yards down Plustache was thrown from the vehicle. He landed face down on the ground, causing injuries that sent him to the hospital. Alexis, a Federal City resident in Algiers, successfully escaped.

You can watch video of the incident above.

Plustache, a 15-year veteran of the NOPD, sustained minor injuries to his forehead and body. He is out of the hospital and police say he'll make a full recovery.

Robertson said Plustache was able to identify Alexis from a photo lineup. She faces one count of attempted murder of a police officer, resisting arrest and reckless operation.

If you know where Alexis is, call Crimestoppers at 822-11111.

 

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