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Man charged after dragging Harford sheriff's deputy following traffic stop

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A Havre de Grace man is charged with assault after he allegedly dragged a Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy with his vehicle during a traffic stop Wednesday in Edgewood.

Xavier Alexander Stanfield, 25, of the 100 block of Remington Circle, is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault on law enforcement, parole and probation, fire or EMS, resisting arrest, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana, possession of a drug other than marijuana and narcotics possession with intent to distribute as well as traffic charges of fleeing and eluding police, failure to remain at the scene of a property damage crash and others.

Senior Deputy Robert Schultz, assigned to the Crime Suppression Unit, initiated the traffic stop on I-95, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The driver stopped, and as Schultz approached, did not put down the passenger side window, Cristie Hopkins, director of media relations for the Sheriff’s Office said.

Schultz opened the passenger side door to communicate with the driver, later identified as Stanfield, who began to drive away, briefly dragging Schultz.

“At some point the driver took off. The deputy was standing in the doorway, he was dragged and disengaged before being dragged under the tire,” Hopkins said.

Following a short pursuit, which Schultz was able to join, Stanfield exited the vehicle and ran on foot, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A short chase began before police apprehended and arrested him in the area of Hanson Road near Harford Square.

Drugs, including Suboxone, a narcotic, and 226 grams of marijuana, were found in the vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies also seized more than $1,800 in cash.

Stanfield is being held without bail at Harford County Detention Center.

Schultz suffered minor injuries.

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