Officer recovering after being struck by ATV during Atlanta protests
ATLANTA - An Atlanta police officer is recovering from surgery after being hit by someone driving an ATV during Saturday's demonstrations, officials said.
The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Marietta and Spring Street.
The officer, who has been identified as Maximillian Brewer, had been stationed at the intersection to block traffic from going onto Marietta Street when an ATV sped past.
A few moments later, police say the ATV returned to the intersection and hit the officer.
Brewer was seriously injured and taken to Grady Memorial in stable condition. Officials say he has come out of surgery Sunday and is now recovering in the hospital's ICU.
The rider of the ATV suffered minor injuries and was taken into custody. Officials have identified him as 42-year-old Avery Goggins.
Police say at the time of the collision, Goggins had a small amount of marijuana and a handgun on his person. He has been charged with a DUI, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, and other traffic charges.
Brewer is an 18-year veteran of the department.