Racine Man Charged After Dragging Officers 20 Feet and Running From Police

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Credit Angie Langdon

Credit Angie Langdon

A Racine Man is currently charged after dragging two Racine Police officers 20-30 by his vehicle and running from them until he was caught in the 1500 block of Hayes Ave. He is being held on $5000 cash bond after making an initial appearance in Racine Felony Court

Edward L Gamble Jr, 27 of Racine is currently charged with 2 counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, 2 counts of Resist Officer – Substantial Bodily Harm/Soft Tissue Injury and one count of resisting/obstructing officer. He faces repeater enhancements for all charges for previous convictions of first degree attempted homicide in 2004, and battery in 2004. If convicted he could face a total of 56 years in prison and up to $80,000 in fines

On March 5, 2013, 2 uniformed police officers did a traffic stop after observing the suspect make traffic violations and suspicious behavior. Officers stopped the suspect in the 2000 block of 16th Street. Both officers approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver and identified the driver from a Wisconsin photo driver’s license. The person identified was Edward Gamble. Officers advised Gamble to get out of the vehicle. According to reports one officer opened the driver’s door and advised Gamble to get out of the vehicle. The criminal complaint reports at this time a clear, knotted plastic baggie containing greenish leafy material in the bag in between the driver’s seat and the door was observed. The complaint states that the suspect made a statement that was non-compliant and then grabbed the gear shift, put the vehicle into drive. Believing that Gamble was attempting to flee the scene, Officers grabbed Gamble and yelled at him to stop and get out of the car. Officers state that while he had a hold of the suspect, he began driving away and actively resisting using force and tensing up. The Officer reports that in his effort to remove Gamble from the vehicle, he and the other officer were actively shouting at Gamble to “Stop and get out of the car.”

The criminal complaint states that the suspect ignored the commands of the officers and then began to drive away while the officers had a hold of Gamble. Police reports state that the suspect continued to drive forward dragging both officers along as he attempted to flee the scene. The criminal complaint states that they were dragged approximately 20-30 feet and that in doing so the vehicle began to cross into the oncoming traffic lane forcing eastbound traffic to stop.

One Racine Police officer to fell to the ground during the suspect driving and that the other suspect continued to hold on to the suspect trying to get him to stop but as suspect picked up more speed that officer also fell to the ground. Officers although injured ran back to their squad car and pursued the suspect.

The complain states that it was observed Gamble pull his vehicle into West Town Foods parking lot and Gamble fled on foot. According to reports officers followed the shoe prints heading north on the west sidewalk in the 1500 block of Hayes Avenue. Officers found the suspect walking ahead of them and that the officers pursued Gamble and attempted to take him into custody. As officers tried to take him into custody, he continued to resist and the suspect again tried to use force to try to get away from the officers and pulled away at the officers. After a struggle the suspect was taken into custody.


10 Responses to Racine Man Charged After Dragging Officers 20 Feet and Running From Police

  1. Well if the guy gets 56 years in prison, They can forget about ever collecting the 80k fine.

    03/06/2013 at 9:32 pm

  2. Fighting the police is so stupid. You know you’re gonna lose and it’s only going to get worse.

    03/07/2013 at 6:20 pm

  3. While i tend to agree with you, Orbs, the actual stupid part is this war on drugs. A bag of weed is nothing to get into a tizzy about. Where in the Constitution is the government given the power to regulate what we put into our bodies? And if they do not have said right then it is the duty of the citizenry to ignore and fight Unconstitutional laws. Were i on this jury i would push for nullification as the police do not have to power to uphold said law.

    “Learn to be a Connoisseur of the Obvious.” – Clevecclesians 6:14

    03/07/2013 at 7:37 pm

  4. What if it was a sawed-off shotgun.4-10,20,or12 gauge?

    03/07/2013 at 10:58 pm

  5. Because he,(they) were’nt in a house. It was public!!!

    03/07/2013 at 11:01 pm

  6. So? But since you used 3 exclamation points i must be wrong..

    03/08/2013 at 12:40 am

  7. My point is that the time of arrest is not the time to argue your rights. And you don’t do that by dragging a couple of police officers with your car. Resisting arrest will only ensure that more police will arrive. If your rights have been violated, the time to argue that is in court. Otherwise, you just aggravate officers who are trying to get through the day alive.

    I agree that the War on Drugs is a failure. Prohibition doesn’t work.

    03/08/2013 at 1:05 am

  8. He just got out of prison a couple of.years ago. Not sure.what for but i know hes on parole and he was in prison for awhile and was bad as a kid too. His street name is.nuke

    03/08/2013 at 1:11 am

  9. Well then i see we are on the same page, mostly. If an officer is attempting an illegal arrest then one has the right to resist up to and including taking the officer’s life. And as this law is outside the scope of government it is correct to assume the arrest is in fact illegal.

    Plummer v. State
    John Bad Elk v. U.S
    Runyan v. State

    To site a few cases.

    Prohibition is Unconstitutional unless someone can show me where in the Constitutional it states the government has this power.

    Now im not saying go out and do harm to an officer nor do i condone it, what i am saying is that these laws are Unconstitutional and should be ignored not just by the citizens but by those who took an oath to uphold the Constitution.

    We live in a time where people believe when they put an official in office said official has the power to do their bidding when in fact these officials are in office to uphold the laws of the Constitution, we do not live in a democracy but a Constitutional Republic. Pretty big difference between these two concepts.

    03/08/2013 at 1:47 am

  10. He was in for a shooting at outside of Park High school. Honestly, he was doing well, at least from what I saw. He was not doing ignorant things anymore. Your right, free2say, he had a hard time as a kid, but he spent 8 yrs in prison for being young and dumb. I guess he has a lot more maturing to do. I’m sure the fleeing and eluding was due to him being on parole and the fear of revocation, but never drag an officer. They may try to hang him, they may not, either way he’s headed back for at least 3-4 yrs.

    03/09/2013 at 3:45 pm

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