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Driver who dragged deputy by car arested

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a College Park driver, who fled from police Thursday while dragging a deputy approximately 40 yards. The deputy had been reaching through the window of the car.

Around 1:30 p.m., Friday, deputies, with the help of the U.S. Marshall's Office, arrested

Rashun Smith, 25, at 4903 Wolfcreek View, in College Park, according to Sgt. Sonja Sanchez, a Clayton County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

"Over an ounce of marijuana was found in the residence. The homeowner will be charged by Fulton County," said Sanchez.

Authorities also took into custody at the location, Toi Ross, 19, of Atlanta. Ross was a passenger in Smith's car at the time of Thursday's incident, according to Sanchez.

Smith had fled from deputies Thursday after he was pulled over for a traffic violation near the Auto Zone store, located at Riverdale and Flat Shoals roads, Sanchez said.

When Smith said that he had a firearm in the vehicle, a deputy instructed him to keep his hands where they could be seen, she said. Smith allegedly made a movement that led deputies to believe he was reaching for the firearm located in the back seat. Sanchez said Smith then put the vehicle in drive while Deputy John Struko's arm was still inside the car window.

Deputy Struko was not hurt, according to Sanchez.

After crashing his vehicle into the entrance of Dahlridge Townhomes Community, at 1400 Flat Shoals Rd., College Park, Smith fled the scene. He gained entry into one of the apartments, and a firearm was recovered in the breezeway of the complex, Sanchez said.

Smith's passenger, Toi Ross, was being questioned by a deputy when Smith fled the scene Thursday. When the deputy took off after Smith, Ross fled on foot, according to Sanchez.

"There was a warrant put out for her arrest, because she left the scene yesterday. She's gonna be charged with obstruction, because she had vital information on the suspect and possibly his whereabouts."

Smith and Ross were being held in the Clayton County jail.

Smith is charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, a suspended driver's license, noise violation, aggressive driving, leaving the scene of an accident, felony obstruction, altering a serial number [on a firearm], burglary, criminal trespass, and also with a marijuana violation.