ATHENS, Ga. - A traffic stop turned into a life-threatening situation for police officers early Saturday morning.
According to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, one of their officers pulled over Darion Gordon, 24, just before 5 a.m. near downtown Athens for improper display of a license plate.
Police body camera video obtained by FOX 5 News shows Gordon question the reason for the stop and then drive away from the officer. Gordon lead police on a chase into Oconee County before he turned back towards Athens and began driving the wrong way on Georgia Highway 10.
"He just hit a vehicle head on," one officer said on the video.
Officers said Gordon eventually crossed back over onto the right side of the road before he struck a patrol car. His SUV finally came to a stop in the median.
"Traffic stops at any point can go from just what people would call 'a routine traffic stop' to a circumstance like this and even worse," explained Officer Epifanio Rodriguez, a police spokesman. "It's one of the more dangerous things that a law enforcement officer can put themselves into."
Video shows Gordon continued to disobey police commands so officers broke out the windows of his vehicle. Police discovered Gordon had a knife in his hand and at one point, threatened to slit his own throat. Officers shocked Gordon with a stun gun and successfully took him into custody.
"It's our responsibility to make sure he gets out of this safely. [Regardless] of whether or not he just fled from us, he is still our responsibility and we have a responsibility to protect him from himself," said Rodriguez.
Gordon remains in the Athens-Clarke County Jail on $15,000 bond. He is charged with 16 separate crimes from running stop signs to reckless driving.