UPDATE: Multiple charges filed against suspect that ran over Dade County officer
Major Tommy Bradford was attempting to deploy a spike strip to stop the truck when he was hit by Laura Leann Wooten, who is in the Walker County jail and facing several charges.
UPDATE: A report of a suspicious struck involved in a burglary started a chain reaction of events Tuesday that ended with a law enforcement officer losing his leg and being seriously injured.
An attempt to stop the truck failed, and the pursuit (with several agencies) crossed state lines into Georgia.
The truck and its driver, Laura Leann Wooten, 35, were stopped at the Dade County Courthouse square after hitting Dade County Sheriff's Office Major Tommy Bradford, who lost his leg and remains in critical condition at a local hospital.
Bradford was attempting to deploy a spike strip to stop the truck when he was hit by Wooten, who is in the Walker County jail.
Wooten is charged with no insurance, reckless driving, driving within emergency lane/gore/median, improper lane change/failure to maintain lane failure to register vehicle, defective tires, serious injury by vehicle, passing within 200 feet of oncoming traffic, driving on wrong side of road, felony fleeing or attempting to elude, removing tag with intent to conceal identity of vehicle, aggravated battery, improper passing in no passing zone, failure to obey traffic control device, seat belt violation, DUI drugs, hit and run, expired license plate, theft by bringing stolen property into state, aggravated assault against police officer, and driver to exercise due care.
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PREVIOUS STORY: A Dade County officer is in critical condition from being run over by a suspect during a pursuit on Tuesday afternoon.
It happened shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Highway 11.
Sgt. Chad Payne with the Dade County Sheriff's Office says deputies were notified by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office that a chase involving a burglary suspect in a pickup truck was making its way into Dade County.
Sgt. Payne says the officer was putting down spike strips on Highway 11 near South Cedar Lane when he was run over by the suspect.
Payne says the suspect, a woman, kept going and eventually crashed the truck in the town square on Main Street.
Major Bradford was flown from the scene to a hospital where he is in critical condition.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Major Tommy Bradford and the Dade County Sheriff's Office this evening.— Ringgold Police (@RinggoldPolice) August 7, 2018
Major Bradford lost a leg and received several other injuries. Thankfully, he's expected to be okay.
Officials say Highway 11 has reopened.
The suspect is in custody. Her name and condition are unknown.
A prayer vigil for Dade County law enforcement and their families was held at Jenkins Park in Trenton.
A blood drive is planned for Wednesday at Pine Grove Baptist Church from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Initially, the sheriff's office was told two suspects were in the truck, a man and a woman. The sheriff's office says the woman was the only suspect in the truck.
PREVIOUS STORY: A crash in Dade County has shut down a portion of Highway 11 Tuesday afternoon.
It happened shortly before 3:00 p.m. at South Cedar Lane.
Officials say Highway 11 at South Cedar Lane will be closed for at least 4-5 hours as troopers with the Georgia State Patrol investigate.
Hwy 11 south and south cedar lane is close due to a accident for 4 to 5 plus hours for investigators by GSP— Dade County EMA (@DadeCountyEMA) August 7, 2018
Details of how the crash happened and the condition of those involved have not been released.