ATLANTA - A police officer is at Grady Memorial Hospital in serious condition after a suspected drunk driver hit him in northwest Atlanta.
Georgia State Patrol troopers said it was about 11:30 p.m. when Beckles was working traffic on the exit ramp area on Interstate 75 at Northside Parkway.
Investigators identified the Sonata driver as 45-year-old Scott Eugene Welker, of Kennesaw.
After the crash, troopers said Welker got out of the car and tried to run off. He was caught and arrested a short time later.
Beckles had to be extricated from his car and transported to Grady.
This incident may be reminiscent of the circumstances surrounding the death of APD Officer Gail Thomas, killed a year ago this month.
She was assisting with a traffic incident at night on an exit ramp from Interstate 75 to Interstate 85 when a suspected drunk driver hit her.
Beckles to is expected to survive his injuries.
Welker, the man accused of hitting Beckles, is facing
Welker is being held at the Fulton County Jail.