The police chief of West Point has been released from the hospital after officers say he was dragged 90 feet down a city street by a car.
Chief David Kerr and Capt. Robert Fawley had stopped Christopher Antonio Gilliam, 23, for loud music at 3:45 p.m. Monday on East 12th Street near Avenue K, Fawley said. Kerr had stepped up to the 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, asking for Gilliam's license.
"He reached into the car, like he was reaching for a license or something," Fawley said. "The vehicle spun off."
Kerr's left arm was caught between the driver's seat and door as the car sped east, the captain said. The chief loosened himself and escaped after being dragged about 90 feet.
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Kerr was taken to The Medical Center, where he was treated for a concussion and bruises, Fawley said. He was released Monday night.
"I haven't talked to him this morning," Fawley said Tuesday. "I'm trying to let him rest."
Authorities began searching for Gilliam Monday afternoon while the West Point man negotiated with police through family members, Fawley said. He turned himself in to a Troup County sheriff's deputy just outside the city limits and was taken to the Troup County Jail.
Gilliam is being held without bond on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, failure to render aid, fleeing or eluding, failure to display insurance and license on demand and reckless driving.
"Mr. Gilliam has not made any statements at this time," Fawley said. "He requested an attorney even prior to turning himself in."
The investigation is ongoing.