MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man was arrested after police say he tried to run over officers early Thursday morning.
According to the Memphis Police Department, authorities received a call that Christophe Woodard was driving erratically with the driver’s side door open near Sycamore View and Macon Cove around 2:45 a.m. Thursday. Officers tried to get Woodard to stop, but he refused, speeding from the scene and nearly hitting police officers, authorities said.
That’s when Woodard allegedly began driving up and down Sycamore View in the wrong direction and even tried to hit two officers with his vehicle to escape.
“He kept going in reverse and he kept putting it in drive, and then he would swerve in and out like he was trying to hit them,” said one witness who claimed she had to dodge Woodard as he was sitting in her lane of traffic facing her.
She said at first she thought something was wrong with his car, but quickly realized ther was more to the story.
“He kept driving in and out of the police like he didn’t have any regard for his safety or theirs,” she said. “It looked like he was taunting them.”
The witness said she saw more than a dozen officers trying to reason with Woodard.
“They used as less force as they could until they pulled him over here,” she added.
The officers followed the suspect to the flyover area where again they tried to convince him to voluntarily get out of the car. They turned off the vehicle and tried to get the suspect out by force. Police said Woodard resisted, forcing the officers to use their tasers, chemical spray and hand strikes to get him out.
One of the officers involved was injured along with the suspect. The officer was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett while the suspect was taken to Baptist East Hospital.
Woodard was charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless driving, evading arrest in a vehicle and resisting arrest.