Police Searching for ATV Driver Accused of Dragging Officer Down Street

Police are searching for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) driver accused of hitting and dragging an officer through the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday.

Metro Nashville Police Department announced Sunday that the ATV was one of several “dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, and four wheelers” that illegally weaved in and out of the streets Saturday afternoon during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

“These individuals were weaving in and out of moving and parked vehicles, endangering motorists and pedestrians when Sergeant Bourque was struck,” the police department said in a statement.

A video of the incident showed an ATV dragging Metro Nashville Police Sgt. John Bourque down a busy street before the officer’s body was flung into a metal barrier on the side of the road.

“Oh, my God!” one woman in the video can be heard saying.

Borque, a 22-year-veteran of Nashville’s police force, was attempting to arrest one of the ATV drivers before he was dragged and later flung from the vehicle.

Bystanders then rushed to help the officer while the ATV driver allegedly fled the scene. The officer was then taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and then released.

Police are currently investigating the incident, asking those with information to call Crime Stoppers at 615-743-7436.


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