JPD identifies officers injured by fleeing driver

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department has identified the two employees who were injured in an incident Thursday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Cassie Brandon, a police officer and an animal control officer were trying to stop a fleeing driver at the Animal Control Facility on East Highland Drive.

In an incident report released on Friday, police identified the officers as Sgt. Larry Rogers and Jeff Moore.

"Officers were trying to stop a man from leaving the facility and they needed some information from him, for, I believe he was trying to surrender a dog and when they asked for his ID he tried to flee," Brandon said.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Kendrick Morris of Jonesboro, drove off from the scene.

The report shows that Morris also had outstanding warrants out of Forrest City, Arkansas for possession of a firearm by certain person.

The officers told investigators that Morris became nervous and defensive when asked for information on surrendering the dog.

Investigators say the officers went outside to get license plate information for the suspect since he wouldn't give them his name.

As the officer approach, they said the suspect asked them if he was being detained, which they said no.

When Officer Moore came outside stating he was a police officer, they said Morris backed up in an aggressive manner and purposely turned his car towards Officer Moore.

The report states Officer Moore had to place his hands on the car and raise himself up to keep from going under the car.

Sgt. Larry Rogers reached into the car to gain control, and the suspect rolled the window up and drove off dragging Rogers as he was trying to get loose.

Sgt. Rogers was able to get free and rolled on the pavement several times while the suspect fled the scene.

Morris was later found at a home on Mitzi Lane where officers arrested him.

While at the home, police arrested a second person. According to the incident report, Erin Harrison became combative with officers which caused a "safety issue for officers on scene."

He's in the Craighead County Detention Center awaiting a probable cause hearing.

He's been charged with battery, aggravated assault on a certified law enforcement officer, and driving while license suspended.

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