Toccoa Police Officer Injured in Chase, Man Charged

July 22, 2013

A Toccoa Police officer is recovering from injuries suffered after an individual flees from authorities.

It occurred last Monday night, according to Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell.

Jarrell said it started just after 11 p.m. last Monday when Officer Shuk Hamdan was investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area of Toccoa Elementary School and Boyd Field.

“After checking Toccoa Elementary and the surrounding area, the vehicle pulled off,” said Jarrell. “Officer Hamdan attempted to do a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop. A short pursuit occurred. (It) went from Toccoa Elementary School to Rock Quarry Road. The driver of the vehicle then jumped out and began to flee on foot.”

Hamdan attempted to pursue the individual on foot, but fell and suffered arm and leg injuries and had to be taken to Stephens County Hospital for treatment.

Hamdan is now recovering from those injuries.

According to Jarrell, Hamdan’s injuries were a result solely of the fall and not of any altercation between the officer and the suspect.

Meanwhile, the suspect got away but was later tracked down and arrested after an investigation.

Jarrell said police arrested 30-year-old Beor Merritt of Toccoa and charged him with fleeing and attempting to elude, misdemeanor obstruction, and driving without a license.

All of those charges are misdemeanors.

Jarrell said Merritt was released on bond.

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