Dalton PD: Suspect dragged officer during escape
DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) – Authorities are looking for the man they say dragged a Dalton Police Officer with his car, trying to make a get away after being pulled over.
Residents on Hawthorne Street watched Sunday night as police raided an apartment home.
"I'm not sure what they were searching for," said Henry Zeiger, who lives across the street, "there were just a lot of guns, a lot of police, the SWAT team and everything was out here."
Since then, Henry Zeiger and Alex Compton say they have spotted several officers, looking for 31-year-old Delvin Williams, who lives in the raided apartment.
"We've seen a lot of police circling the neighborhood," said Zeiger, "there was a cop parked over there watching the house, but I think the guy left town."
Williams has not been seen since early Saturday morning, when Officer Steven Collins pulled him over at a gas station on Highway 41.
Sobriety tests showed Williams was more than two times over the legal limit, but as Officer Collins attempted to arrest him he jumped in his gold Lincoln Continental and took off.
"They got tangled up," said Bruce Frazier, spokesperson for Dalton Police Department, "so when Mr. Williams took off, Officer Collins kind of went along for the ride."
Williams dragged the officer for a short distance, before throwing him from the car. The officer suffered a broken leg and other minor injuries.
Williams was last seen heading toward the highway.
Investigators went to Williams' apartment on East Hawthorne Street and found his gold Lincoln Continental, but Williams was nowhere to be found.
"The guy probably left town if he knows the SWAT team is after him," said Alex Compton, "that's what I'd do."
The Dalton Police Department has warrants for his arrest on charges of DUI Less Safe, Reckless Driving, Failure to Yield When Entering Roadway, Simple Battery Against Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Battery Against Law Enforcement Officer, and Felony Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer.
Police are asking for anyone with information on Williams' whereabouts to contact Detective Jason Bishop at the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, ex 214.