Woman arraigned in dragging of Novi cop after stop

The Detroit News

A Detroit woman was arraigned Thursday on charges she dragged a Novi police officer who tried to stop her from driving away after a traffic stop.

Chantell Lashay Sturdivant was arraigned before Magistrate Andra Richardson of 52-1 District Court in Novi and is being held in the Oakland County Jail.

Sturdivant, 26, was arrested Friday after being found in a hotel room in Cobb County, Georgia, by the United States Marshals Service and Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. She waived extradition and was brought back to Oakland County on Wednesday.

She is charged with one count resisting and fleeing from a police officer, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. The resisting and fleeing charges are felonies and carry a total maximum sentence of six years in prison. Richardson ordered Sturdivant held on $500,000 bond.

Sturdivant is accused of dragging the officer about 80 feet around 2 a.m. March 7 after she had been stopped for disobeying a traffic signal near Haggerty and Eight Mile.

After the officer said she had multiple warrants for her arrest and was driving on a suspended license, Sturdivant was placed under arrest. The officer allowed her to go back to her car to get her cellphone to arrange for someone to watch her children, who were in the car with her, police said.

Once back in her car she refused to get out and when the officer grabbed her arm she accelerated and drove away. The officer let go after a short time and suffered minor injuries when he fell to the ground.

Sturdivant’s next court appearance is a probable cause conference at 9:15 a.m. March 24 before 52-1 District Court Judge Travis Reeds.