Guilty plea halted for man accused of assault on a police officer

A man accused of dragging a police officer's motorcycle 30 yards before fleeing in his truck chose not to plead guilty today when the judge said he wouldn't order an investigation prior to sentencing.

Randall Thomas, 26, was expected to plead guilty to aggravated assault on a police officer, interference with government property, reckless driving and speeding stemming from a May 2 traffic stop on Macon Road. Defense attorney James Archie said his client had been in counseling most of his life, and that the incident was a cry for help.

Archie asked for a pre-sentence investigation to be completed before Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Robert Johnston III sentenced him — a request the judge denied.

See Friday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.