Man arrested after Lake City officer was dragged following traffic stop

The officer has been airlifted to the hospital.

A Lake City officer was dragged by a vehicle Thursday night while conducting a traffic stop in the area of U.S. 90 and SW Sisters Welcome Road.

The Lake City Police Department said the officer pulled the driver over then determined that the driver had a suspended license and that there was an arrest warrant out for the driver. There was a passenger in the vehicle, as well. A second officer responded to the scene.

When the second officer arrived, the officer somehow became attached to the car and the car took off, police said.

The officer was dragged for nearly a mile before the officer was dislodged, police said. Police identified the officer who was dragged as Stuart Robinson who has been with the department since 2015.

A chase ensued involving the Lake City Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). A deputy with CCSO performed a maneuver on the vehicle to stop it near CR 252.

The two people in the vehicle were arrested. Lake City Police say 30-year-old Breon Pope is likely to face several charges and that the passenger will likely be released from custody.

Robinson was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville in stable condition.

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