Man sentenced after Virginia Beach officer dragged during traffic stop, AK-47 found in trunk

Posted at 9:15 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 21:15:42-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The man who dragged a Virginia Beach Police officer behind his vehicle – which had an AK-47 in the trunk – during a traffic stop last year learned he will spend time in prison.

Vontrae Lamar Valentine

Vontrae Valentine appeared in Virginia Beach Circuit Court Wednesday morning, where he was sentenced for the following:

  • Assault and battery on law enforcement officer – six years, with five years suspended and six years probation
  • Law enforcement: Disregard – N/A
  • False ID to law enforcement officer – 30 days, with 30 days suspended
  • Driving on suspended/revoked license – 90 days, with 60 days suspended
  • Reckless driving – nine months

In total, Valentine will serve a year and 10 months behind bars.

In March 2018, police say Valentine, who was 22 at the time, was pulled over for speeding on I-264 near First Colonial Road. He provided false information to the officer during the stop.

As the door to Valentine’s car was open, the officer tried to remove Valentine when the suspect hit the gas in an attempt to get away. The officer was dragged a few feet but was not seriously hurt.

Valentine was arrested a short time later. Police found an AK-47 in the trunk of his car.

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