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Officer from EPD breaks wrist while making arrest

John Thompson • Jul 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

ELIZABETHTON — An officer with the Elizabethton Police Department suffered a broken left wrist late Saturday night while arresting a man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Officer Justin Pearce reported the incident began when he and other officers were dispatched to Walmart at 10:45 p.m. on a man named Allen Hicks who might be wanted. He was described as having shoulder-length hair, wearing a blue T-shirt and blue jeans and sitting in a red car.

Pearce saw a man fitting the description and asked the man for his name. Pearce said he gave a different name, birth date and Social Security number. After his correct identity was determined, Pearce said Hicks began running toward Walmart.

Pearce and Corp. Lincoln Orellana chased Hicks. As Pearce caught Hicks, they both fell to the ground and Pearce said Hicks continued to resist.

As he fell to the ground, Pearce said he hurt his left wrist and broke his watch. After he was taken into custody, he said Hicks admitted he was Gregory Allen Hicks and gave his correct birth date and Social Security number.

In addition to serving Hicks with the outstanding warrant charging him with failure to appear, Pearce said he would also charge him with criminal impersonation and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to answer the charges Sept. 8.

Pearce was later examined at the Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Room. The X-Rays showed his left wrist had been fractured.

Major Shannon Peters said it has not yet been determined if Pearce will need medical leave because of the injury.

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