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GSP: Kennesaw Man Hits Atlanta Police Car, Officer in Serious Condition

Scott Eugene Welker is in the Fulton County Jail, the Georgia State Patrol spokesman said.

An Atlanta police officer is in serious condition at Grady Hospital with head and chest injuries after a suspected drunk driver from Kennesaw allegedly hit his patrol car.

Scott Eugene Welker, 45, was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata around 11:25 p.m. Friday when he hit Officer Osbert Beckles' patrol car, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said.

Beckles, who was working traffic on Interstate 75 at Northside Parkway at the time of the accident, had to be extricated from his vehicle, Wright said.

Welker fled the scene on foot but was captured nearby a short time later, Wright said. He was arrested and taken to the Fulton County Jail, where he is being held on charges of driving under the influence, serious injury by motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, improper turn/improper lane change and seat belt violation.

In addition to suffering head and chest injuries, Beckles is being treated at Grady for broken bones, said Officer John Chafee, spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department.

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Steve Erwin January 05, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Welker is no stranger to prison.
mark January 06, 2013 at 03:35 PM
How else is Scott familiar with prison? I pray for the policeman in Grady Hospital
Jerry Young January 11, 2013 at 03:32 AM
I'm curious Steve. Why did you feel the need to post your comment?
Concerned February 04, 2013 at 02:28 AM
A simple public records search will give you all the info you need to support Steve's comment. He is absolutely correct!!
Melinda Paris March 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Thanks for posting the comment, it is public record anyway and saves me the time to look, I'm sick of judges letting these criminals go, if He had been in jail, this man (officer) wouldn't be in the hospital fighting to live, can you imagine the pain He is in? I'm tired of being on the road and wondering how many people are high driving all around me? The police take them off the road, the judges put them back on the road, maybe its time the judges go work the streets/roads/interstates around Atlanta and maybe then they would put these people in jail and throw away the keys. It would also benefit them, they can't hurt/kill another innocent person, so maybe then they will be healed of their addictions. So a good thing for all, why is there one person who didn't care for the comment?? hhhmmm, a couple of reasons come to mind, don't make the criminal the victim here, He did the crime, and this time I hope He gets the penalty He deserves from his choices, I'm praying for ALL involved in this crime.
mopper8169 March 19, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Melinda...maybe you should look. He hasn't been to jail for numerous DUI's and doesn't have an addiction. Did he make a bad decision by getting behind the wheel? Of course he did. But don't comment on things you know nothing about.

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