A man is recovering in a Macon hospital after being struck by a Laurens County cruiser during a chase.
Sheriff Larry Dean who says what happened was unfortunate, but he believes it was just an accident.
Just after 12:40 a.m. Sunday, Laurens County deputy AJ Wright tried to stop 38-year-old Terrell Porter on Old Macon Road for allegedly speeding.
“The suspect did stop. As soon as the officer approached the vehicle, he fled off again,” said Dean.
Dean says Porter sped off into the Woodvale subdivision and Wright followed. That’s when Porter stopped the car abruptly and got out.
“The officer immediately tried to stop behind him and immediately slid off the road and ran into the suspect as he exited the car,” said Dean.
Porter was airlifted to the Medical Center, Navicent Health where he is listed in fair condition.
“It’s a traumatic situation. We’re sorry that this happened,” said Dean.
But Dean says they’re not investigating the case as an officer’s use of force. He believes it was an accident.
“It's sad that this happened, but people do need to comply. When the blue lights get turned on, just stop for the officers. We're here to serve and protect the people of Laurens County,” said Dean.
A family member told 13WMAZ that Porter suffered spinal injuries.
Dean says no charges have been filed so far and Georgia State Patrol is investigating.
© 2018 WMAZ-TV