Boaz Police Chase Ends With Officer Hurt, Man Charged
BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A Guntersville man is facing at least four charges and a Boaz police officer is recovering from injuries after a police chase Tuesday night.
Boaz police say officers were working a driver’s license check point on Highway 205 when they saw a motorcyclist stop near them. Boaz Police Chief Investigator Scott Farish says officers went over to talk with the driver, 33-year-old Charles Burge of Guntersville, and he retaliated. ”He told the driver to turn the motorcycle off. The driver then backed it up with his feet, accelarated toward the officer,” says Farish.
He says Burge hit the officer on his leg and then took off on the motorcycle down Highway 205. “Officers pursued him for approximately 2 miles and stopped him when the patrol unit collided with the motorcycle,” says Farish.
Investigators say Burge ran, and assaulted officers when they caught him.
Farish says he’s facing several charges. “Assault second, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and possession of controlled substance, which was methamphetamine.”
Investigators say Burge has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past, but not with Boaz Police. They say they asked Burge why he ran from the officers, and he says it was because he didn’t want to get caught.
The officer who was hit by the motorcycle went back on duty the following day.