Police: Men dragged officer with truck

benw@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 2, 2012 

Columbus police officer Jason Swails was dragged by a pickup truck on J.R. Allen Parkway and punched in the face before the driver led police on a chase at speeds over 100 mph, police said Friday at a Columbus Recorder's court hearing for three Phenix City men.

Daniel Parrish III, 28, David Chris Bragg, 30, and Joshua Cain Turk, 25, were arrested Thursday and waived extradition to Columbus for an 8 a.m. hearing on the 5:15 a.m. Wednesday incident with Swails near Veterans Parkway.

Parrish, the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, felony obstruction, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, having no state tag and failing to show his driver's license. After pleading guilty to the charges, Parrish's bond was set at $37,000.

Bragg pleaded not guilty to felony obstruction and aggravated assault on a police officer. His total bond was set at $20,000. Turk, who also pleaded not guilty, was given a $10,000 bond on a felony obstruction of a police officer charge. Judge Michael Cielinski bound all the charges over to Muscogee Superior Court.

Swails, 37, wasn't in court for the hearing because he is still recovering at home from bruises sustained to his leg.

Police officer Ray Harralson told the court that Swails was trying to place Parrish under arrest for no license outside the pickup when he jumped back into the truck and attempted to flee.

As Swails tried to prevent Parrish from leaving, a passenger in the back seat held onto the officer.

"When the driver drove off, the passenger was holding on to officer Swails," Harralson said. "One was striking him in the face."

Bragg is accused of fighting the officer during Parrish's escape.

The officer's leg was struck by the truck's tires before he was able to free himself.

The pickup reached speeds of 110 mph as police pursued the truck to Auburn Road in Phenix City, Harralson said.

The investigation was turned over to detectives who issued outstanding warrants for the three suspects.

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