Metro police officer returns to work after being hit, dragged by ATV

Posted at 12:40 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 19:19:40-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Metro Nashville police officer has returned to work on light duty after he was hit and dragged by an ATV over the weekend.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon when around 100 dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, and four wheelers illegally took over Broadway.

Police said Sgt. John Bourque was crossing the street to investigate a hit-and-run when he was struck by one of the ATVs.

As he ran to catch one ATV driver, another driver slammed into him and he was dragged into the metal barriers. He said he was not trying to tackle the driver.

"I look at it and go how am I still not in the hospital because it looks horrendous and it didn't' feel good when it happened," said Bourque.

He held on to try to keep his head from hitting the ground. Sgt. Bourque was dragged several feet and collided with a gate. He received minor injuries and was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Members of the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested 30-year-old Walter E. Moss II in Springfield. He'll be charged with 3 felonies & 3 misdemeanors.

Metro Police spokesperson Don Aaron said they received more than 50 tips from the community on this incident and found many involved weren't even locals. He says they hauled their ATVs in pick-up trucks and some said at short-term rentals in town.

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