An Athens, Georgia police officer narrowly escaped death on Monday morning.
Sgt. Paul Davidson had stopped at a traffic light when a fleeing suspect crashed into his vehicle, police said in a release.
Davidson suffered serious injuries and firefighters had to use the “Jaws of Life” to him out of his crushed car.
The chain of events began on Sunday night as 25-year-old Henry Daniel Greene fled from an attempted traffic stop in Barrow County. Deputies said his Ford pickup truck had a broken taillight.
The chase reached speeds of up to 105 miles per hour as Greene and officers went along Atlanta Highway. The pursuit entered Clarke County shortly after midnight.
Officers said Greene attempted to go around a vehicle that had stopped at Mitchell Bridge Road but instead, he hit a Dodge Challenger, lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into Davidson’s patrol car.
When deputies reached Greene’s pickup, there were three people inside, but no one was in the driver’s seat. Greene initially claimed he was not the driver, but he later admitted that he was.
The three people in the truck sustained minor injuries and they were taken to Piedmond Athens Regional Medical Center. Davidson was also taken to Piedmont. Although his injuries were described as serious, he has since been released and he is recovering at home.
Deputies said Greene fled the attempted stop because he thought a warrant was out for his arrest.
He’s now facing charges in Clarke and Barrow counties. The charges in Clarke are pending but Greene is facing charges of reckless driving and attempting to elude police and reckless driving in Barrow.
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