Man Upset About Ticket Dragged, Injured Officer

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jul 18, 2016

A 54-year-old man was arrested after stopping on the interstate, yelling at a Metro officer, and then dragging him several feet when he walked over to hear the man.

The bizarre incident happened around 7:15 a.m. Monday.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said motorcycle Officer Danny Johnson was directing traffic on the off-ramp from Interstate 440 to Murphy Road.

Danny Troupe was driving a pickup truck past the officer when he suddenly stopped and reportedly began yelling.

Officer Johnson said he could not understand what Troupe was saying and walked closer to the pickup. He leaned into the passenger side window.

Investigators said Troupe was berating Officer Johnson, who told the man to pull off the side of the road and out of the lane of travel.

Troupe allegedly refused and quickly accelerated. Officer Johnson was dragged around 12 feet before Troupe stopped.

Officer Johnson fell to the ground and sustained injuries to his shoulders. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

Investigators said Troupe admitted to being upset about a traffic ticket he received from police in early May. During that incident, Troupe was cited for running a red light on Broadway and 19th Avenue South.

He was later found guilty.

It was not clear if Officer Johnson had anything to do with the original citation.

Troupe was taken into custody and charged with reckless endangerment and evading arrest. He was booked into jail and help on $15,000 bond.