Deputy recovering from injuries sustained in Oak Park incident, two in custody

by | September 11, 2019 8:36 pm

Last Updated: September 12, 2019 at 9:12 am

An Emanuel County sheriff’s deputy is recovering from injuries received during an investigation. 

According to Chief Deputy Rocky Davis, on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at approximately 11:45am, deputies were dispatched to the Dollar General store in Oak Park in reference to a report of a suspicious person. 

Upon arrival, Lt. David McVey spoke with employees of the Dollar General and waited on a Georgia State Trooper in the area to arrive and provide assistance. The two officers then approached the vehicle and spoke to its occupants, a male and female. 

After a short time, probable cause was met to ask the occupants to exit the vehicle and begin a more thorough investigation of their condition and purpose for being at the business.  

While being interviewed, the male returned to the vehicle and began to flee. In doing so, Lt. McVey was struck by the vehicle and thrown to the pavement. As a result, he suffered a severely broken arm and multiple scrapes. The suspect continued to flee and the trooper gave chase. 

Emanuel County EMS was called for the deputy. He was transported to Meadows Regional Hospital in Vidalia for treatment of his injuries. 

The pursuit of the suspect continued for approximately sixty miles, crossing multiple jurisdictions. After entering Bacon County, the suspect pulled into a convenience store parking lot and fled on foot into a wooded area, just north of Alma. Approximately 30 officers quickly set up a secure perimeter of the area and called for tracking dogs to assist. 

The suspect, identified as Christopher John Nelson (45) of Covington, GA, was located and arrested shortly thereafter without further incident. He was then transported to the Emanuel County Jail. 

The female, identified Jennifer Renee Waddell (34) also from Covington, was arrested at the original scene without incident. She is currently held in the Emanuel County Jail. 

Sheriff Tyson Stephens requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation be called in to investigate the assault on Lt. McVey. The sheriff’s office and state patrol will investigate all other crimes associated with this incident. 

Sheriff Stephens wished to thank all of the agencies involved in bringing this dangerous chase to an end without further injury to anyone or damage to property. The sheriff also asks that the community keep Lt. McVey in their thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. 

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