Florence Police: officer injured by DUI suspect
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT)– Florence Police say an officer is recovering from his injuries after an attack Sunday morning.
Officer John Byrd received some stitches at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital after police say a DUI suspect attacked him, striking him several times in the face.
The suspect, Jeffery Wade Martin, 53, of Florence, has been charged with Assault on a Police Officer, DUI, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Attempting to Elude, and Resisting Arrest.
Police say Martin had wrecked at Jackson Road and Cox Creek Parkway earlier Sunday morning, and had fled into a wooded area by the time police arrived.
He was found hiding within a short time, and taken to the hospital to be checked. But he became violent with Officer Byrd while there.
Martin is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on $9000 bond.