Three Phenix City men arrested in assault on police officer

Three Phenix City men have been charged in connection with fighting and running over a Columbus police officer on Wednesday during a traffic stop on J.R. Allen Parkway.

The suspects were identified as Daniel Parrish III, 28, David Chris Bragg, 30, and Joshua Cain Turk, 25. All were arrested Thursday on outstanding warrants and each charged with felony obstruction and aggravated assault on a police officer.

The men are held in the Muscogee County Jail for a hearing in Recorder’s Court this morning.

Officer Jason Swails, 37, was taken to the hospital by ambulance, treated in the emergency room and released after the 5:15 a.m. assault near Veterans Parkway. Swails and another police officer stopped a motorist in a Ford F-150 pickup as part of an investigation into a possible theft. A struggle ensued when officers tried to take Parrish into custody.

In his attempt to flee, Parrish is accused of striking Swails with his vehicle. Police said Bragg and Turk are accused of assisting Parrish in his escape from police.