PD: Fugitive escaped by stunning officer in head

Dinari Lindsey, photo courtesy Elizabeth City Police.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – A robbery suspect was able to escape from police custody by fighting with an officer in Elizabeth City.

Capt. John Young with the Elizabeth City Police Department said officers were looking for Dinari Donkeith Lindsey, 26, of Elizabeth City.

Lindsey was arrested at his mother’s home Sunday on several outstanding warrants. While at the Magistrate’s Office, Young said an officer tried to readjust the handcuffs on Lindsey’s wrists, and Lindsey broke free.

What happened next sounds as if it was from a movie.

The officer chased Lindsey for several blocks before catching up to him near West Colonial Street and Cobb Street. As the officer tried to take Lindsey back into custody, he began to swing at the officer, Young said. The officer then deployed a stun gun, but that didn’t work to fully incapacitate Lindsey.

Police say Lindsey then gained control of the stun gun and drive-stunned the officer in the forehead. The ‘drive-stun’ mode of a stun gun is used specifically to inflict pain but does not immobilize the person it’s used on.

A struggle continued but Lindsey was able to flee to a nearby vehicle, which was left running and unattended by people watching the fight. Lindsey got into the vehicle and took off, fleeing through yards connecting to West Elizabeth Street. It was found not long later with the stun gun inside.

Lindsey still has not been located. 10 On Your Side spoke with his mother, who is asking her son to turn himself in.

Lindsey is wanted on the following charges:

  • Common law robbery
  • Larceny from the person
  • Possession of stolen goods
  • Escape from custody
  • Larceny of a motor vehicle
  • Assault on a government official
  • Resisting a public officer

The officer was treated at a hospital for multiple bite wounds.

Anyone with information on Lindsey’s whereabouts should call Elizabeth City Police Department at 252-335-4321 or the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Crime Line at 252-335-5555. A cash reward of up to $2,000 is available.

WAVY.com has reached out to police to find out why the information on Lindsey’s escape was not released until Wednesday. Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.

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