Cop injured when suspects' SUV dragged him for 100 yards, hit a tree, then flipped

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was injured Tuesday morning after reaching into a suspicious SUV off Beatties Ford Road in northwest Charlotte, police said.

Officers spotted Deveno Sturgis, 21, and Zevaquis Sturgis, 24, parked on the side of Maribel Avenue at about 2:45 a.m.

The two men were arrested in May after police found two stolen guns and a small amount of crack cocaine inside their car, police said.

During Tuesday's encounter, one officer spotted drug paraphernalia inside the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV while the officers were talking to the men. Police started to detain them, according to a CMPD press release, and one tried to run away.

The other man reached down in the car, and one CMPD officer was worried he was reaching for a gun, police said. The officer reached into the car and grabbed his arms.

"The encounter escalated even further when the suspect was able to start the Trailblazer and began driving off with the officer partially trapped inside of the SUV," according to the news release.

After more than 100 yards the suspect drove off the road and into a tree, causing the SUV to flip, police said.

The officer had minor injuries, police said, but he was able to crawl out of the SUV. Both suspects were arrested, and police did not say whether they were hurt.

Police found crack cocaine, marijuana and a loaded gun inside the SUV, according to the release.

Deveno Sturgis was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer causing injury, reckless driving, resisting arrest, several drug possession charges and other charges, police said. Zevaquis Sturgis was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester