An Atlanta police officer and a man he was chasing were taken to the hospital early Friday after the man, who was handcuffed, fled custody and they both fell down some stairs during the pursuit, according to APD.
At about 1:30 in the morning, the officer pulled over a driver at Northside Dr and Magnolia St.
While talking to the driver, Officer Daniels smelled raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. He detained the driver and suspected marijuana was recovered from the driver's pocket, according to APD.
Daniels placed the driver in the back of his patrol vehicle. When the driver complained that he was sitting on something Daniels opened the door to determine what was wrong and the man spun out of his grip and took flight on foot across Northside Drive, APD reported.
Daniels immediately alerted dispatch and gave chase on foot. The officer gave chase across Northside Drive to the courtyard between the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome, according to police. Daniels caught up with the driver when they came to a staircase leading down to Georgia Dome Drive.
The suspect tried running down the stairs while handcuffed and started falling. Daniels grabbed the suspect as he fell but then fell down the stairs with him, landing on top of the handcuffed man, authorities reported.
Daniels held the man down until additional units arrived to assist, as the suspect was still trying to get up and away.
Once the suspect was taken back into custody, two Grady EMS units arrived on scene to treat the suspect who sustained a laceration to his head above his eyes. Officer Daniels was transported to Grady Hospital for treatment and the suspect taken to Grady Hospital then placed in Grady Detention.
The officer has been released from the hospital and expected to return to duty Saturday night. The suspect was charged with offenses related to the narcotics and counterfeit money.
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