Neighbors: Woman and young child injured by police cruiser
Neighbors in the Bartlett Crossing neighborhood say a 53-year-old woman and her 3-year-old grandchild were injured Saturday afternoon after being hit by a Macon Police cruiser during an arrest of two teenagers.
Neighbor Keshia Lester says the incident began when an officer contacted three teenage boys who were sitting in a gazebo. Lester says the boys, ages 14, 15, and 16-years-old were asked to leave the area and when they left on their bicycles, the officer began to chase them in his police cruiser.
Lester says the officer chased the boys for two or three blocks before catching up with them and taking two into custody. During the incident several neighbors came outside to see what was happening. She says 53-year-old Mary Mike, and 3-year-old Joydan Lawson were struck by the police cruiser when the officer was leaving the scene.
Neighbors say both Mike and Lawson were taken to a hospital. The Medical Center of Central Georgia says neither person is listed in its patient registry.
In an e-mail, Macon Police Spokesperson Jami Gaudet writes that she is still gathering the details of the incident. She added, "according to one of our officers who was on scene, the situation was not quite as depicted by people who spoke with the media."