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Judge denies bond for man charged with hitting police officer

Sean Joint appears before a judge in Recorder's Court. Sean Joint appears before a judge in Recorder's Court.
Lauren Rochon Lauren Rochon
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The man charged with hitting a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officer with a car late Wednesday night made his first appearance in court Thursday.  

Sean Joint is charged with criminal attempted murder.

Police said Joint was a passenger in a car that crashed into a water-filled ditch off of White Bluff Road. Police officers responded and rescued him from the ditch. They said he hopped into a friend's car and drove off and that shortly after he came back.

"The initial investigation showed that he had struck the officer and seemed to be aiming at him and then plowed through the fence into the ditch," said Julian Miller, public information administrator with SCMPD.

That officer and one other were treated for injuries. Joint's girlfriend of six years said he is suffering from a mental disorder, and she doesn't believe he would intentionally try to run over an officer.

"He's bipolar. He's been Baker Acted two or three times because of his mental disorder and him saying he wants an apology from the police that right there is kind of a crazy person statement," said girlfriend Lauren Rochon. 

The officer hit is still in the hospital. The judge denied Joint bond. 

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