City police officer breaks wrist making arrest
Police say their attempt to take a man into custody included a brief foot pursuit and ended with an officer breaking his wrist – and a September court date.
Gregory Allen Hicks, 28, 510 Johnson Ave., Elizabethton, was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation and resisting stop/halt/frisk Saturday night.
Elizabethton Police Department officers went to the Elizabethton Wal-Mart after learning Hicks was at the store and was believed to have an active warrant for his arrest, Patrol Officer Justin Pearce wrote in an arrest report.
Pearce said that after making contact with the man, they asked for his name. According to the report, Hicks responded with a false name, birthday and Social Security number. However, a passenger in the car told the officers his name was “Allen Hicks.”
Pearce wrote that EPD Cpl. Lincoln Orellana told Hicks they knew who he was, and at that time Hicks ran toward the store.
After a short pursuit, Orellana and Pearce were able to catch Hicks, at which time Pearce grabbed him and they both fell to the ground.
“Hicks continued to resist arrest and refused to place his hands behind his back,” Pearce wrote in the report. “Officers continually commanded Hicks to stop resisting and he still refused to do so and keep his arms underneath stomach.”
During the apprehension, Pearce injured his wrist, which was later determined to be fractured.
After Hicks was in custody, the report said he admitted to officers that his name was Gregory Allen Hicks, and gave the correct birth date and Social Security number.
Hicks is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 8.