Woman accused of dragging Novi officer arraigned after fleeing to Georgia


NOVI, Mich. – A 26-year-old woman accused of dragging a Novi police officer while fleeing a traffic stop was arraigned Thursday after fleeing to Georgia.

Chantell Lashay Sturdivant, of Detroit, was charged with resisting and obstruction, fleeing and eluding fourth-degree, driving under a suspended license, and reckless driving.

Sturdivant was pulled over just after 2 a.m. on March 7 on Haggerty Road near High Pointe Boulevard for making an illegal turn, police said. During the stop, the officer discovered she had multiple warrants out for her arrest and was driving under a suspended license. He told her that she was being placed under arrest.

She asked if she could make a phone call to find arrangements for her two children in the car.

Once back in the car, Sturdivant refused to get out and accelerated while the officer grabbed her arm and ran with the vehicle before letting go, according to authorities. The officer suffered minor injuries when he hit the ground.

Sturdivant was taken into custody March 11 in Cobb County, Georgia, by the United States Marshals Service. Novi investigators traveled to Atlanta and took custody of her March 16.

Sturdivant is being held on a $500,000 cash or surety bond. She is being lodged at the Oakland County Jail. A probable cause conference is scheduled March 24.