Man tries to strike LPD officer with car; interaction began because passenger was screaming for help

Published 12:25 am Saturday, October 15, 2022

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A man is wanted for allegedly trying to strike a LaGrange police officer with a vehicle during an interaction that started because the vehicle’s passenger was screaming for help.

According to a LPD press release, an officer was conducting a concentrated patrol on North Dawson Street when she passed by a vehicle that had its rear passenger door open and a female inside screaming for help. The officer attempted a traffic stop, however, the vehicle stopped in the driveway of 207 Davis Street prior to the stop.

After exiting her vehicle, the officer requested that the female step out of the vehicle and relocate to the front of her patrol car. However, before the parties made it to the front of the patrol vehicle, the driver placed the vehicle in reverse, attempting to strike both the passenger and the officer.

According to the press release, the passenger then re-entered the vehicle, which left the scene. The female passenger has yet to be identified, but the driver was identified as Rickey Lamar McFarland. Warrants for McFarland have been issued for aggravated assault upon a peace officer and felony obstruction.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706 883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706 812-1000.