LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a phrase you often hear when describing a situation right before it turns dangerous for a police officer, they were making a routine traffic stop.
But one Lexington officers experience over the weekend proves there is no such thing.
"There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop, because every situation is dynamic, it can change very quickly. And what starts out as simply checking someone for having no insurance can turn into a deadly situation," said Lexington Police spokesperson Sherelle Roberts.
Lexington police say the officer initiated the traffic stop on Deshawn Cotton because his registration was expired.
When the officer approached Cotton's car, he noticed Cotton reaching under the car seat.
"Anytime you have a situation where you're attempting to make contact with someone and they're reaching, that creates a lot of alarm," said Roberts.
According to the report the officer ordered Cotton to stop and show his hands, but when Cotton refused, the officer jumped into action.
"When the officer reached into the car to begin to remove the suspect from the vehicle, the suspect hit the accelerator and took off with the officer half in, half out of the car," said Roberts.
The officer was carried for a short while then managed to shake loose. Cotton crashed the car moments later and continued to run from police. He was eventually caught, and now faces several charges including first degree wanton endangerment.
Lexington police tell us Cotton has been in trouble before, and has a reputation among police of being a dangerous person.