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Police: Hit-and-run driver tries to bite, attack officers while violently resisting arrest

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 12:43:25-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — A man was arrested after police say he tried to bite and attack officers while violently resisting arrest following a hit-and-run accident.

According to the Valdosta Police Department, officers were patrolling the area of North Troup Street, when they observed a vehicle driving erratic on Friday.

Police say the vehicle suddenly crashed into the back of another vehicle.

After the crash, the driver Heyward Nash,38, jumped from the vehicle and ran away from the scene.

While officers were chasing Nash, he jumped in the bed of a pickup that was driving through the area.

When the driver of the pickup truck stopped abruptly, Nash jumped out of the truck and continued to run from officers.

VPD says Nash then grabbed a woman who was trying to get into her vehicle and tried to force his way inside of her car, which had a small child in the backseat.

The woman attempted to keep Nash from getting into her vehicle, which gave officers enough time to catch up with him.

Officers then pulled Nash from the vehicle and tried to take him into custody.

VPD says Nash then began violently resisting the officers.

Nash pulled two weapons from officers and tried to use them while continuing to resist.

During the struggle with numerous officers and detectives, Nash attempted to bite several officers.

Police say he also tried to grab guns from their holsters.

Nash was eventually secured and placed in a patrol vehicle to be transported to Lowndes County Jail.

While officers were transporting him to jail, he pulled a piece of radar equipment out of the back window of a patrol car and tried to continue to damage the patrol vehicle.

Through investigation, officers later determined that the vehicle Nash was driving had been stolen earlier in the day.

VPD says several officers received minor abrasions during the struggle and several pieces of equipment were damaged.

Nash was transported to Lowndes County Jail on the following charges:

  • Theft by taking motor vehicle-felony;
  • Aggravated assault-felony;
  • Removal or attempted removal of a weapon from a Public Official- 2 counts- felony;
  • Interference with Government Property-felony;
  • Obstruction of an officer-3 counts-felony;
  • Obstruction of an officer-misdemeanor; and
  • Numerous traffic offenses.