A man was captured on video faking compliance and ramming his car into a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop on Sept. 19.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona released video footage of the incident, showing the officer getting out of the car and approaching the man’s black car. The man, who appears to be wearing a T-shirt and pajama pants, puts his hands up before getting back into his car while the deputy tries to open the door.
The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Charles Butler, the office said.
Butler can then be seen turning his car around and driving it into the deputy’s vehicle.
The deputy “barely made it inside before the suspect rammed his vehicle into the driver side of the patrol car,” the office said. “Butler’s car became disabled and the suspect took off running. Deputies continued to search for the suspect,” according to the sheriff’s office.
In the incident, a woman called 911 after seeing that someone had stolen her car and rifle. “The woman said she was concerned about the police activity that was in the area as deputies searched for the suspect. She took out her rifle. At some point, the suspect broke into her home while she and her disabled son were sleeping. The child told police that he thought he saw someone in the home during the night,” officials said.
Investigators then got a tip that the suspect was at an area home. They responded to the residence and saw him walking out of the home.
Butler, according to deputies, then tried to “blend in with children” who were at a bus stop. He was taken into custody without incident, the office said.
Deputies learned that Butler sold the gun in exchange for drugs. Two other suspects in connection with the drug sale were also arrested, Pinal County officials added.