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A 23-year-old Georgia man has been arrested after a videotaped incident in which a police officer was dragged by a car and almost run over, authorities said.

Brandon Christopher Adams, 23, turned himself in Thursday at Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department headquarters and was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and felony obstruction of an officer, according to a news release.

The charges stem from an encounter on May 10 at a Shell gas station and convenience store in the 12000 block of Abercorn Street, the release said.

After a patrol officer responded to a report of shoplifting at the location, the store’s manager identified Adams as a man who had cashed a fake check several months ago, according to the Police Department.

“When the officer approached Adams, he lied to the officer about his name, entered the car and sped away while the officer was attempting to turn off the ignition,” the statement said.

Officials said the officer, whose body camera captured the confrontation, was able to free himself from the moving vehicle and then had to roll away from it to avoid being struck by a rear wheel. He suffered minor injuries.