Officials say a suspect seen beating a man with four others hit a 23-year-old Columbus police officer with a vehicle Wednesday near Matlida Lane Apartments.
Struck between 6:50 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., the officer has bruising on his left knee as a result of the incident, according to reports. The injury was self-treated following the aggravated assault in the 3300 block of Matilda, Columbus authorities said.
Keisha McCorkle, 22, was arrested near the scene after police reportedly saw her drive by in a black 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser and pick up one of the five men who allegedly beat the 26-year-old man outside of his residence. She was charged with fleeing and eluding, obstruction, loitering, turn signal and failure to obey traffic device.
Police records show 23-year-old Jevante Crawford of Columbus as one of five men who allegedly battered the 26-year-old man, but it is unclear if he was one who allegedly struck the officer.
According to report, Crawford is a 5-foot-5 black man with short hair who weighs 135 pounds. Officials believe he resides at 6016 Georgetown Drive and may be spotted in the same black 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, which has a 2015 Georgia tag that reads PYJ5189.
One of the unidentified men involved in the fight was described as a black male with a white t-shirt with blue writing and blue jean shorts, but it is also unclear if he is the individual that allegedly struck the officer.
Police said they were investigating a report concerning a weapon found at the Save-A-Lot on Buena Vista Road Wednesday when someone advised them that there were several men fighting on Matilda Lane, just behind the store.
Officials said they headed to the rear of the store and witnessed five men standing above a 26-year-old man and punching and kicking him in the roadway outside of the victim's apartment. Police said they went to stop the fight, and the men fled the area.
Police pursed the man who they considered the primary suspect striking the 26-year-old victim when two of the other alleged fighters got in a flat black or dark gray newer model Nissan Altima with an unknown license plate, tag cover, tinted tail lights and gray rims, according to police records.
As an officer passed the Nissan Altima on foot, a suspect put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated to a high rate of speed, striking the officer on the left knee with the rear bumper of the car, police said.
During the foot chase, police also noticed a black 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser speed by one of the officers and pick up a suspect who was reportedly involved in the fight. McCorkle allegedly disregarded the officers' commands to stop and failed to signal when making a turn.
Officials said she also ran a stop light at the intersection of St. Marys Road and Brennan Road, nearly causing a crash.
The battered man had laceration on his forehead, right shoulder and both elbows as a result of the attack, but he is in good condition.
Officials continue to investigate the case.