By Jessie Williams
A Westmoreland man is being held on $43,000 bond after nearly running over two officers during a routine traffic stop, evading authorities, smashing into a patrol car, and being in possession of a gun and drugs.
According to the Affidavit of Complaint filed by Sergeant Joseph Woodard of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, 34-year-old David A. Price was pulled over on Jack Porter Rd. for having a suspended license.
Officer Woodard stated he got out of his vehicle and told Mr. Price to get out of his.
Price then put his vehicle in reverse and nearly ran over Sergeant Woodard and Deputy Josh Meador.
Mr. Price allegedly then put his vehicle in drive and drove through the yard, evading officers and running the stop sign at Maple Grove Rd. and Scottsville Rd.
During the pursuit, Officer Woodard witnessed Price run multiple vehicles off the road and pass other vehicles illegally.
The suspect wrecked on Cold Springs Rd. at Cave Hill Rd., then came back onto the roadway and struck Officer Woodard’s vehicle - pushing him into the other ditch line.
According to the report, Price then left the scene of the accident and drove through a field, then a yard - nearly striking a pedestrian.
During the pursuit, Officer Woodard also witnessed Mr. Price throwing what appeared to be baggies out of the window of his vehicle.
Mr. Price exited his vehicle in the middle of Cold Springs Rd. and took off into the woods with something green in his hand.
When he was captured, law enforcement recovered a greenish colored Ruger pistol near him.
Narcotics were also recovered in areas where Price was seen throwing items out of the window.
Price was charged with aggravated assault (2 counts), driver to exercise due care, driving left of center, driving on a suspended license, evading arrest (2 counts), failure to stop for sign, improper passing, financial responsibility violation, leaving the scene of an accident, littering (criminal) and manufacture/delivery/possession of meth.
He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on August 28, 2019.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information is urged to contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.