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Suspect caught in deputy hit and run

Published: Oct. 22, 2009 at 9:40 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2009 at 1:50 PM EDT
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By Dal Cannady - bio | email

SWAINSBORO, GA (WTOC) - Authorities found Patrick Kersey in Effingham County after they say he hit an Emanuel County deputy and fled before the deputy could arrest him for DUI.

Deputy Daniel Moxley has stopped hundreds of drivers, including drunk drivers, in his years as a deputy. He had no way to assume last night's stop of Patrick Kersey on US 1 would be anything other than routine. But Moxley suffered major injuries when authorities say Kersey drove over him as he fled.

"He attempted to stop the Kersey subject, Patrick Kersey, and there were 3 people in the car so he called for backup from a trooper," explained GBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Harvey.

Moxley followed Kersey for several blocks before he could get Kersey to pull over in a Walmart parking lot. According to the report, Kersey failed a field sobriety test. But before he was arrested, deputies say he asked Moxley if he could roll up his windows in case it rained.

"Kersey managed to bolt back to his truck, got it cranked. Officer Moxley attempted to reach into the truck while he drove away, lost his balance, fell to the ground and the truck ran over him," Harvey continued.

Lawmen searched all night for Kersey until US Marshals found him in Effingham County on Thursday.

Emanuel County sheriff Tyson Stephens said the case hits home even closer than the ordinary bonds of law enforcement. Moxley is a deputy and his niece's husband. He said they had arrested Kersey many times before on alcohol related charges.

"He is no stranger. Doesn't mean any of us hate him. But we don't like what he does when he's under the influence," said Stephens. "And like many other people we have these problems with, he's not a bad guy when he's clean and sober."

The sheriff said Moxley underwent the first of many surgeries in his recovery Thursday. He suffered a broken leg, a broken nose and other injuries.

Kersey faces aggravated assault, battery charges and more in the case.

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