Police Chief Terry Harrison said this incident shows how police officers face danger on a daily basis.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, Patrolman Kenny Hill attempted to stop the driver of an ATV vehicle traveling on Water Works Road near Craig Park. Instead of pulling over, for unknown reasons the driver took off at speeds in access of 60 mph with Hill in pursuit.
Harrison said the high-speed pursuit was made more dangerous because of the gravel roads.
The pursuit went across United States 40 to an area near County Road 235 West, where the driver of the ATV crashed into a tree.
When Hill attempted to approach the accident, the driver intentionally backed up, striking the officer. Hill pulled the suspect off the vehicle before he could drive off and a scuffle began.
Patrolman Mike Perrine arrived to assist, but the suspect ran away on foot into the darkness.
“They tracked the suspect for a little while, but lost him once he got into town,” Harrison said, adding that the ATV has been impounded.
K-9 Officer Anya was not injured during the incident because Hill didn’t have the opportunity to remove the dog from his vehicle.
Harrison said both patrolmen sustained scrapes and bruises during the altercation, but he expects them to return to duty Wednesday after their regular shift rotation.
According to Harrison, once arrested the suspect could face felony charges of resisting arrest, two charges of battery on a police officer and various other traffic violations.
“We have some good leads on the suspect,” Harrison said. “This was a very physical altercation. We’re taking this incident seriously.”
The suspect is described as being a 6-foot-tall male with a stocky build. Officers said the suspect was last seen wearing a brown jacket.
To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police at 446-2211.