Man accused of hitting Memphis officer with car charged with attempted murder

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested after authorities say he hit a police officer with his vehicle in southeast Memphis.

According to the police report, officers were speaking with the driver of a Nissan Maxima about the vehicle blocking a private drive in the area of Blossom and Crepe Myrtle. An officer eventually asked the driver Tallas Riddle to step out of the vehicle and that’s when things apparently escalated.

The driver allegedly rolled the window up, put the car in reverse and then accelerated towards an officer. The impact sent the officer slamming into another parked vehicle, police said.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified said she heard the entire thing.

“As soon as I got in the house before I could sit down we heard a big boom, you know,” she told WREG’s Quametra Wilborn. “This guy jumped out the car. The car is still rolling into another neighbor’s yard, and the police officer was telling him to you know ‘Get down, get down. You better not run’. He was just still standing there. The police actually had to tackle him to the ground to keep him from running.”

The owner of the vehicle that was hit also did not want to go on camera, but said her daughter was sitting in the truck when Riddle allegedly hit her. The girl has a few bumps and bruises, but is okay.

Police said when they arrested Riddle he had several drugs on him including marijuana and pills. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, intentionally evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a controlled substance, violation of financial law and driving without a license.

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