Driver fleeing police severes pedestrians leg www.privateofficer.com


Sandy Springs GA. Oct. 22. 2007


A 22-year-old man who was walking to work had his right leg severed Sunday morning when a motorist eluding an officer struck him and kept going, Sandy Springs police said.
The victim, Anthony Bevis, was critically injured and underwent surgery Sunday afternoon at North Fulton Regional Hospital. Barring any medical complications, he was expected to survive, police said.


Doctors, however, were unable to reattach his leg, said police Lt. Steve Rose. Rose said Monday that Bevis' condition was upgraded to serious overnight.
The driver of the car, Mario Smith, 28, of Roswell, was arrested after he struck three other cars and then tried to flee officers on foot, Rose said.
The incident began shortly before 10 a.m. when an officer pulled Smith over in a parking lot in the 7800 block of Roswell Road, Rose said. He did not know the reason for the stop except that it was for a minor traffic violation.
Rose described what happened next:
A check of Smith's driver's license revealed the man had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court in Fulton County to answer to a charge of theft. The officer told Smith he was going to arrest him and had cuffed one of the man's hands when the motorist began to resist.
Smith got back in to his car and drove off, and the officer had to let go of the man's hand so that he would not be dragged along. The suspect headed south on Roswell Road, but the officer did not pursue.
"The guy had such a head start on him that the lieutenant told him not to pursue," Rose said. Instead, police dispatchers put out a radio bulletin for other officers to look out for the car.
A short time later, Smith struck Bevis as he was crossing the street in the 7500 block of Roswell and kept going, police said.
Patrol cars converged on Smith's vehicle in the 6000 block of Roswell, near Hammond Drive. While trying to drive past the officers, Smith allegedly struck three other cars. then got out of his own vehicle and tried to run, but was apprehended.
Smith's flight lasted about 12 minutes, police said.
He was booked into the Fulton County Jail, charged with four counts of hit and run, obstruction of an officer, serious injury by vehicle, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, theft by taking, marijuana possession and seven traffic offenses.


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