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Escambia deputy hurt trying to stop pickup

FLOMATON (AP) — Authorities searched for the driver of a pickup that backed over an Escambia County sheriff's deputy who had attempted to question the driver on a dark road near the Conecuh River.

Deputy Chad Emmons, 27, was treated for an injured knee in the Monday night incident.

Emmons held onto the rear left corner of the truck as it sped backward, then the driver fled the scene on Pollard Road, between Flomaton and Repton.

"It knocked me to the ground, and I held onto the bumper. I pushed against the bumper with my right leg and my arms, while the rest of me dragged under the truck," Emmons said Wednesday.

"All kinds of things go through your head. I wondered: 'Is he going to keep going in reverse until I can't hold on no more, and he runs over me?' "

A search team looking for the pickup Wednesday had made no arrests.

Emmons said he was on patrol about 9:30 p.m. in an area known for drug activity. He said the white Isuzu pickup was riding repeatedly up and down Pollard Road when he attempted to stop it.

The truck had no license plate, only a dealer tag bearing the name U-Ride Auto Sales, a business in East Brewton.

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