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Incident report reveals details of Dawson chase

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - We're learning more about the accident that injured a pedestrian, while Dawson Police chased a suspect through town last Tuesday.

Public Safety Director Charlie Whitehead says officer Marquis Garland will remain on duty while the GBI is investigating.

The patrol car that officer Marquis Garland was driving on Tuesday July 8th during the chase remains parked at the station.

Chief Whitehead says depending on what the GBI says, they may or may not conduct their own investigation of Garland.

The report says Garland was called to 11th Street to check a suspicious vehicle. A  passenger was hanging outside the vehicle with a gun. Garland pursued the SUV, and the driver hit the passenger side of the patrol car, then drove off.

Officer Garland followed the suspect and managed to tap the SUV, and it went spinning into a ditch.

Garland got out of his patrol car, and that's when the driver of the SUV attempted to run Garland over, and he responded firing several shots.

The report says that's when the driver of the SUV drove away, and hit Michael Jenkins, who was hospitalized. He was released Friday.

The suspect, 44-year-old Nicholas Oxford is charged with aggravated assault and obstruction.

Chief Whitehead did not want to speak on camera, until the GBI finishes their investigation. 

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