The Groton Police Department released the video Friday of the February 2018 incident that began with Officer Tyler DeAngelo pulling over 22-year-old Taj Dickerson.
Officers had been attempting to arrest Dickerson after cocaine and marijuana were found in the vehicle when the 22-year-old ran back towards his car with DeAngelo right behind him.
After jumping into the vehicle, Dickerson drove off -- with the officer hanging halfway out of his vehicle.
In the video obtained by FOX61, the officer can be heard repeatedly asking the 22-year-old to "stop the car" while hanging on for his life for nearly a mile.
"When it appeared that Dickerson was directing the officer and the vehicle at a telephone pole, and fearing for his life, the officer grabbed the steering wheel to turn the vehicle away from the telephone pole," police said. "The officer then released himself from the vehicle and fell onto Poquonnock Road sustaining non-life threatening injuries."
Dickerson was arrested in New London and later convicted of assaulting a police officer and engaging in a pursuit, according to FOX61. He was sentenced to five years in prison, with a sentence suspended after 400 days, followed by three years of probation.
Officer DeAngelo was able to make a full recovery from his injuries, according to police.
The department said it wanted to release the video to show how a traffic stop can quickly escalate into a near-death situation.