A Neptune Beach Police officer was injured after trying to handcuff a suspect who reportedly caused a multiple vehicle crash at the Beaches Town Center Friday night.
Prior to the crash, police say the incident started at 2201 Florida Blvd. where a woman reported she was being yelled at and threatened by a suspect driving a silver vehicle containing one other passenger. The suspect was later identified as Willie Dee Davis, 29. The woman told police that he wouldn't let her leave.
Once Davis left, the woman began following him. She said she called police again after she saw him pull into the Whataburger parking lot at 1201 Atlantic Blvd.
When police arrived at the scene, two officers approached the vehicle. Police later determined the vehicle had a Georgia tag that was not assigned to the car.
Davis reportedly placed the vehicle into drive and started moving toward one of the officers, according to the police report. At that moment, both officers pulled out their weapons and ordered Davis to stop, police say.
After Davis followed their commands and placed his hands on the wheel, one of the officers approached Davis to handcuff him. After the officer placed one cuff on Davis, the suspect reportedly let off the brakes and began accelerating toward the officer, the police report states.
The officer was pulled in the direction of the vehicle but managed to free himself. That officer sustained a minor cut to his right wrist and bruised his right knee.
Davis took off and headed east on Atlantic Boulevard where police say they lost sight of him.
Moments later, they received a radio call about a crash in the area of the Beaches Town Center.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers noticed one of the vehicles involved was driven by Davis and was heavily damaged.
Davis and the passenger were both seriously injured and were transported to Memorial Hospital. Florida Highway Patrol was called to investigate due to the severity of the injuries.