Atlanta, GA – Police Officer Hit by Drunk Driver During Foot Chase


Atlanta, GA (December 6, 2022) - In Atlanta early on Tuesday, December 6, a suspected drunk driver struck a police officer and the person he was pursuing, sending both of them to the hospital, according to police and local media.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, the incident occurred around 12 a.m. close to Jonesboro Road as the officer was attempting to make an arrest. The officer had responded to a call about a man threatening a woman with a gun at a gas station nearby. 

According to authorities, the officer spotted the accused suspect, who then fled. The suspect led the officer on a chase through the woods before fleeing onto a street with oncoming traffic.

As the chase continued, multiple cars came to a halt, but an intoxicated driver went around the vehicles and hit the officer, according to WSB-TV. The man the officer was attempting to arrest was also hit by the vehicle. 

According to police, the officer suffered multiple injuries and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

According to the Atlanta police department, the suspect from the initial 911 call was also transported to a hospital with minor injuries and is now facing multiple charges, including obstruction and discharging a controlled substance.

The drunk driver who hit the police officer and the other pedestrian has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, less safe, too fast for conditions, driving-improper/erratic lane change, and two counts of serious injury by vehicle.

Pedestrian Accidents in Georgia 

A pedestrian is defined as anyone traveling along a sidewalk or roadway without a vehicle. Most of the time, this refers to people on foot, such as a jogger, a student walking to school, or anyone out for a stroll. It also includes people in wheelchairs and small children riding tricycles or scooters. Anyone on the road who is not driving a motorized vehicle is considered a pedestrian.

Accidents involving pedestrians are extremely dangerous. They are more serious than other types of accidents because a car can cause so much damage to an unprotected person, even when moving slowly. Almost all pedestrian accidents result in injuries, and many result in death. 

The law treats pedestrian accidents in the same way that it treats motor vehicle accident.  The victims have the right to recover the full cost of their medical bills as well as any other damages related to the accident. 

Just like motor vehicle accidents, the specifics of who is at fault will depend on what happened, and each case may be different. 

Anytime you're involved in a pedestrian accident and believe it was caused by someone else's negligent actions, you should seek legal help from an experienced Car Accident Lawyer. 

If you're a pedestrian and were hit by a driver, The Mabra Law Firm can help with your accident claim and financial recovery. When you hire an attorney to assist with your case, they will make sure you receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, damages, and emotional trauma. 

Our firm has an experienced team of Personal Injury Lawyers who will work tirelessly to make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.

If you'd like to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers to find out how we can best assist with your case, call us now at 404-344-5255.

Note: This post was created with the help of outside sources, such as news articles and first-hand accounts. Because the details of this accident have not been independently verified, please notify us immediately if you discover any false information. We will update the post to reflect the correct information.

Disclaimer: At The Mabra Law Firm, we are always looking for ways to improve the quality and safety of our state, and we have been saddened by the outcomes of numerous accidents. We hope that by informing those in our community about these accidents, they will work to prevent other serious accidents in the future. These posts are not intended to be solicitations for business. The information contained within should never be interpreted as medical or legal advice. We wish everyone involved in these accidents a fast recovery.