Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the car and driver that struck a patrolman at a traffic accident.
Officer Michael Swords was helping to push a disabled car from the accident at Hampton Street and Habersham streets about 4 p.m. when another car turning from Hampton headed southbound on Habersham ran over his extended leg.
He was treated at the scene by Southside Fire emergency medical technicians who had arrived to treat the injured of the accident and was taken to a hospital for additional treatment. The wounds were not considered serious.
Several cars were driving through the congested area at the time and blocked the officer’s view of the vehicle that struck him. But police suspect other drivers saw the accident.
Police are asking Anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234–2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip.
• Two thieves are caught red handed on video, one is still at large. On January 19, police were dispatched to the Verizon Wireless Store located in the Savannah Mall for a larceny report. They were told by a store employee of a theft of two Motorola Xoom tablets valued at over 600 dollars a piece. The theft occurred at the Verizon Store located at 7805 Abercorn Street. The employee at the Savannah Mall location had seen the two tablets matching the stolen ones down at the Boost Mobile store.
According to the store owner there, the tablets were bought from a white male, his name was Kevin Roach. He had a female with him during the purchase. They told store employees they had gotten the tablets at Christmas gifts.
The Verizon store showed no signed of a break–in, so the manager pulled up video surveillance and observed an employee, Christina Deal, with the Xoom boxes. The video shows her pick up one of them and go just out of camera view and then bring it back to the same location, and then repeat the process with the another box .
Deal was arrested and released on bail. Kevin Roach, 22, is still being sought by police.
• An operation by Savannah–Chatham Police, Chatham County Sheriffs deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers to stage two traffic checks netted results.
Officers issued 24 citations, 19 warnings, two arrests for driving on suspended licenses, two felony warrants served, three arrests for marijuana, seven other misdemeanor arrests, and recovered a car stolen from Sylvania and charged the driver with traffic offenses.
They also identified and recovered a vehicle involved in an earlier hit and run, arrested three on felony drug charges, one for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, arrested one driver on a warrant for parole violation and recovered multiple bags of marijuana packaged for distribution exceeding 60 grams and more than $19,000 cash from his car, and recovered more marijuana, scales and an assault weapon from the residence of another suspect stopped at the checkpoint.
At the same time, state troopers issued 21 traffic citations, 27 traffic warnings, 10 DUI arrests, a misdemeanor drug arrest and apprehended one wanted person.
The operation involved two road safety checks for about two hours each at Ogeechee Road and Interstate 16/ 37th Street Connector and at Bona Bella and Skidaway Road.