Two Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies were injured during a traffic stop early this morning and the man accused of hurting them is behind bars.

Hunter Waldrop, 25, was wanted in Tuscaloosa on several felonies and has recently been on Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted.

Video from a deputy’s dash camera caught the whole thing on camera as Waldrop took off and knocked one deputy over into the road and dragged the other into a ravine where the truck crashed into a tree.

Neither deputy suffered life-threatening injuries.

Tuscaloosa Sheriff Ron Abernathy said it’s not Waldrop’s first run-in with the law.

“This is just one of many examples of that we see going on where these individuals are being arrested, put in the county jail and immediately released either on their own recognition or by bonding process,” Abernathy said.

And Waldrop is far from the first person who is released from jail on bond and goes on to commit new crimes, he said..

“Something desperately needs to be done in regards to this,” Abernathy said. “It’s just absolutely ridiculous that we are jeopardizing our deputies out here on the streets and our citizens out here. He could have wound up taking off and killing a family at an intersection.”

It’s getting more dangerous for law enforcement, Abernathy said, because people who commit violent crimes are often bonded out and back on the streets within hours of being arrested.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were injured in a traffic stop this morning after realizing driver was a wanted subject. Subject is in custody and officer were carried to DCH to be checked out. Details tonight on <a href="">@wvua23</a> <a href=""></a></p>
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