Fleeing Driver Runs Over Clarksville Police Officer
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SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – On Tuesday around 3:15 pm. Officer Seth Traughber with the Clarksville Police Department responded to a suspicious activity call at Exxon on Highway 76. MAP
According to Clarksville Police, a man had been on the lot for about 45 minutes and was thought to be on drugs. When officer Traughber arrived on scene, medics were already there and after several attempts, were able to wake the man up.
It was noted by medics, there were a couple of narcotic prescriptions on the front seat. Additionally, Officer Traughber detected the odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle, according to Clarksville Police.
Officer Traughber approached the car and asked the man to step out of the vehicle. Instead of getting out of the vehicle the driver started the car and attempted to shut the door, hitting the officer who was in between the door and the car.
After being told to “Stop”, the man placed the vehicle in reverse to back out of the parking spot.
At that point, the officer grabbed the man and, again, told him to stop. The man told the officer “I can’t do that” and put the vehicle in drive and took off dragging the officer with him.
The officer lost his grip and fell to the ground but the driver kept going driving over the officer’s left leg with the back left tire of the vehicle.
The driver drove away from the scene in a 2007 Chevrolet. Officers investigating the incident, determined the man’s identity–Billy Mcneil, who lives in Nashville.
Warrants have been secured for: Aggravated Assault, Driving On Revoked License, Evading, And Resisting.
Mcneil is still at large, if you see him you are encouraged to call police.
The officer was transported to the hospital. He had some abrasions, but no major injuries and is back at work.
UPDATE: Billy McNeil was taken into custody by the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office around 2 pm Wednesday.
In a joint effort between Metro PD and Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office, McNeil was located on Higdon Rd, in Cheatham County and was taken into custody without incident. He was a passenger inside of a vehicle. McNeil was booked into the Montgomery County Jail around 230 am this morning and has a $290,000 bond.
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