Police: Officer dragged 30 feet by car

A man wanted on a parole warrant faces new felony charges related to efforts to arrest him Thursday afternoon on Seymour’s east side.

Billy L. Holt, 35, of Seymour, initially faced charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery after Thursday’s incident that also led to Officer Tim Toborg being injured, Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

Abbott said the charges Holt will eventually have to face, however, are more likely to be aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony, and criminal recklessness with a vehicle, a Level 6 felony.

Toborg sustained some scrapes, bumps and bruises in the incident after he was dragged by a car driven by Holt.

The veteran officer, who began his 28th year on the force Friday, was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for evaluation before being released, Abbott said.

“He’ll probably be sore for a few days,” Abbott said.

The department also is going to have to replace some of Toborg’s equipment, especially his uniform because it was damaged when he was dragged by the Pontiac Grand Prix.

The incident that led to Holt’s arrest began as several officers, including Toborg and Detective Brian Moore, were watching a residence for Holt, Abbott said.

Those officers spotted three vehicles leaving that residence, and Holt was a passenger in one of those vehicles, Abbott said.

The driver of that vehicle pulled into the drive of Seymour Christian Academy at 5707 N. Sandy Creek Drive when Toborg stopped it, Abbott said.

Students at the school’s Sandy Creek Campus were being dismissed at the time but were brought back inside and stayed there until police finished catching and arresting Holt, school officials reported Friday.

“Tim had the driver out of the car and was handcuffing him when the passenger slid over into the driver’s seat and took off,” Abbott said.

The driver’s door was still open at that point, and Toborg reached into the vehicle and grabbed a person, who later turned out to be Holt.

Abbott said Holt pulled away quickly, dragging Toborg about 30 feet.

Toborg then got into his police car and followed Holt until Holt’s vehicle broke down on the west side of the school. At that point, Holt fled into a nearby wooded area, Abbott said.

Toborg went into the wooded area and eventually caught and arrested Holt with the assistance of Moore and Sgt. John Watson. Officer Chadd Rogers, Sgt. Ryan Huddleston and others, including Abbott, also were called to the scene after the incident reported at 3:26 p.m.

The original driver of the vehicle was not charged, Abbott said.

Misty Arrowood, the junior high and high school academic administrator at Seymour Christian Academy, said everything turned out OK for the school.

“… but it definitely brought some excitement,” she said. “We’re thankful for the police in our community and all that they have to deal with by those that make bad choices. We appreciate those who serve and protect.”

Abbott said officers were still working on wrapping up the case Friday. The investigation also included a search of the vehicle, which yielded a large amount of cash, he said.

Holt was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:07 p.m. Thursday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.