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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE,  GA (WALB) - A struggle between a deputy and an inmate drew a lot of attention Thursday morning in Thomasville on Highway 19.

Deputies say an inmate kicked out the back window of a patrol car then tried to get away as they fought to put leg restraints on him. The inmate was sent to the hospital.

A deputy's dashcam video shows the commotion on Highway 19 in Thomasville after 22-year-old Deputy Frankie Rollins and 28-year-old inmate Tyler Williams fought in the middle of this grassy median.

Williams was picked up earlier Thursday morning at his Hunters Place home on a bench warrant. That's where the deputy says the first struggle occurred.

"He became combative and the deputy had to use his pepper spray on the individual," said Lt. Ron James with the Thomas county Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Rollins was driving the inmate to jail when he says Williams use his foot to kick out the back passenger side door window. That's when the deputy pulled over to wait for back up.

"He had to pull Williams out of the car to put leg restraints on," said Lt. James.

They say Williams tried to get away but the deputy tackled him in the median.

"There wasn't any punching. But it did take three people to get his legs restrained," said Lt. James. "So it probably looked to witnesses like it got combative."

Deputies say Williams had blood on his face from a cut on his lip possibly from the shattered glass. He was taken to the hospital, but released shortly after.

Now he's in the Thomas county jail on felony criminal damage to government property and obstruction.

"It's a day to day event, we get broken windows once every two months," said Lt. James.

They say it's just a glimpse at the dangers deputies face everyday.

Deputies say Williams had a small plastic bag in his mouth they didn't notice when they originally arrested him at his home. They believe drugs were involved.


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