March 5 – DAVIDSON DISTRICT – A Thomasville Police Department officer who was thrown by a motorcycle on the run from other police officers on Friday was recovering from injuries on Friday, and a man from Jamestown has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
Detective Sergeant. Joseph Driggers was seriously injured Thursday afternoon and transferred to Wake Forest Btist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was in stable condition Friday afternoon, Thomasville police reported.
The chase for which the Driggers were hospitalized began around 1:30 p.m. in Rowan County.
Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputies tried to stop a motorcycle that did not have a license plate and chased it Interstate 85 to Davidson County.
Thomasville police officers set up an obstacle as the chase passed Kanoy Road. At first, the motorcyclist stopped, and the police officers who were in front of the motorcycle got out of their vehicles to arrest him.
The man on the motorcycle then accelerated rapidly and hit Driggers, who was thrown 10 to 15 feet, according to Thomasville police.
Due to the collision with Driggers, the man lost control of the motorcycle and collided on the side of the highway. The man then tried to escape again, but was cultivated by other police officers, police say.
Motorcyclist Brian Alexander Bacelli, 28, of Jamestown, was accused by Thomasville police of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill causing him serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a civil servant who drives a motor vehicle without registration, possession of a fictitious register plates, driving while damaged, driving while license revoked and driving without insurance. Additional charges are expected, police say.
Rowan County authorities accused Bacelli of assaulting a government official, resisting a public servant, having a tough speed to dodge, driving aggressively and driving while his license was revoked.
The bond was insured at $ 1,060,000. Bacelli was in jail in Davidson County on Friday afternoon, and the trial date is set for July 28th.
Driggers is a 19-year veteran of law enforcement who has served in the Thomasville Police Department since 2003. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Department. Driggers was previously employed by the Lexington Police Department.
“The Thomasville Police Department wants to thank the community for the outpouring of support and encouragement in this difficult time,” the department said in a statement. “Please continue to keep Sergeant Driggers and his family in thought and prayer.”
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