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Rescue personnel prepare Decatur Police Officer Marty McCaghren for transport to the hospital after she was run down by a suspect she was trying to catch Friday. She was treated and released.

Officer down in Decatur
Suspect runs over policewoman here

By Seth Burkett
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2355

The hunt was on Friday night for a man Decatur police said ran over one of their own with a pickup after she tried to take him into custody.

The assault on Officer Marty McCaghren took place in the parking lot of Bud's Chevron, 3705 Spring Avenue S.W., shortly after 10 a.m., said Sgt. Steve Campbell, a police spokesman.

John David Teague of Hartselle pushed McCaghren when she tried to check him for weapons and place him in the back of her patrol car, Campbell said.

Teague ran to his older model, maroon Ford F-150 and tried to start the engine.

McCaghren tried to pull Teague from the vehicle, but Teague hit her several times and managed to start the pickup, investigators said.

McCaghren held onto Teague as the truck moved forward, dragging her about 10 feet on the pavement before she was thrown from the vehicle and run over by the driver side tires.

An ambulance took McCaghren to Decatur General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Police Lt. Dennis Hughes said Friday night that McCaghren had returned home and was resting.

"She's pretty banged up. She's been discharged from the hospital. (There are no broken bones) that we know of," said Detective Chris Jones, who is investigating the case.

Jones obtained a warrant for Teague's arrest on a charge of second-degree assault. Jones also said the Chilton County Sheriff's Office wants Teague on a warrant for first-degree theft.

Jones asked anyone with information about Teague's whereabouts to immediately contact Decatur police Central Communications at 432-2143.

It remained unclear Friday night whether Teague might face charges in the alleged check forgery that resulted in McCaghren being dispatched to Bud's.

A clerk at Bud's, J.B. Story, said Teague and another man came in and cashed checks twice Thursday. Later on, Story learned the checks were no good.

"I left a note (for other clerks) saying the checks are no good, watch out for them," Story said.

"They came back (Friday) wanting to buy gas, cigarettes, drinks, the stuff people usually buy with bad checks," he said.

The clerk on duty Friday morning stalled the men while waiting for police to arrive, Story said.

Story said officers detained the second individual at the scene Friday morning, but police released no information Friday about the arrest of anyone connected with Teague.

McCaghren is the second officer injured in three days. On Wednesday, Officer Terry Johnson suffered a broken arm when a dump truck T-boned his patrol car on Beltline Road Southwest at Gordon Terry Parkway.

Johnson returned to work Friday, manning the police department's front desk with his right arm in a sling.

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