DECATUR — Police said a Decatur man desperate to avoid arrest repeatedly used his vehicle to ram a squad car and bit an officer on the arm before being shot with a stun gun after a foot chase Tuesday afternoon.

A sworn affidavit said the drama began around 1:43 p.m. when officers from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Police made a traffic stop on a sport utility vehicle in the 1200 block of North University Avenue.

The 26-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle and police said he jumped into the driver’s seat while the engine was still running. “(He) proceeded to shift the vehicle into reverse and ram a marked Macon County Sheriff’s Office squad car twice while occupied by a MCSO Deputy,” said Deputy Matt Hunt, writing in the affidavit.

Hunt said a Decatur police Officer got into the vehicle as the man tried to drive it and a struggle ensued. “During the struggle, (the man) proceeded to bite the DPD Officer prior to exiting the vehicle and fleeing the scene,” Hunt said. “The DPD officer had visible injuries on his arm and was treated at the scene by Decatur Ambulance Service.”

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The man fled toward MacArthur High School, according to the affidavit, and refused repeated demands to stop until he was brought down with the shot from a stun gun. Hunt said that, during the chase, the man threw away a container filled with four bags of crack cocaine with a total weight of 4.7 grams. “The presence of multiple bags and the weight of the field test-positive cocaine base crack is consistent with a distribution amount,” Hunt added.

The man was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer, criminal damage to government property, resisting/obstructing and the manufacture/delivery of cocaine within 500 feet of a school: MacArthur High School was close by where the man was arrested.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. Macon County Jail records show the man remained in custody Wednesday night in lieu of posting $50,000 bond.

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