UPDATE: Lakeland fleeing driver, James Black, Jr., charged with attempted murder of an officer

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  • James Black, Jr. was arrested after he tried to flee during a traffic stop on march 28, 2013. Reports say as he drove away, he dragged Lakeland Police Officer Michael Glass with him, who ended up injured after Black crashed into 3 cars and a light pole.
  • Lakeland Police Officer Michael Glass (pictured in the middle) was injured after a suspect tried to drive away during a traffic stop. 39-year-old James Black drug Officer Glass with him as he crashed into three cars and a light pole in a CVS parking lot. (Courtesy of www.insidelakelandpd.com)

Lakeland, Florida-- UPDATE: Lakeland Police officials announced Friday that Black has been charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer after yesterday's incident. 

Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Officer Michael Glass has been released from Lakeland Medical Center, and is on paid administrative leave per department policy.


An officer was taken to the hospital and one man is in custody after a traffic stop took a terrible turn Thursday afternoon. 

According to a Lakeland Police report, it was around 3 p.m. when officers pulled over 39-year-old James Houston Black, Jr. 

"They were actually in the process of issuing a couple of traffic citations and they had called for a narcotics canine," said Capt. John Thomason of the Lakeland Police Department. 

The two officers were speaking with Black when all of the sudden he put his car in drive, and started to pull away- dragging Officer Michael Glass, along with him.

Black kept driving as Officer Glass hung on, but reports say he didn't get very far. 

"As he was crashing into the vehicles, or just before, or after- then that's when the officer drew his firearm."

Officer Glass managed to fire one shot into Black's truck. And though reports say Glass' shot did not hit Black, it seemed to play a part in what happened next. 

Black reportedly ran into a total of three cars in the nearby CVS parking lot, but kept driving until a collision with a light pole finally forced him to stop. 

Not only did the impact from the crash with the pole force Black to stop, it also caused Officer Glass, who was still hanging on, to be thrown from the truck. 

He received non-life threatening injuries, and officials say he was treated at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. 

Black was also transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, but the report indicates it was only as a precautionary measure.

Police say they are still investigating this case, and that Glass has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

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