Updated:CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —
Police are still searching for a man who hit a Clayton County police officer and drove off.
Investigators said Thomas Paige intentionally rammed his pickup truck into Clayton County police officer Michael Hooks Wednesday afternoon.
Hooks is still recovering in the hospital, but his fellow officers are working around the clock to find the man responsible.
The incident started shortly after noon Wednesday when officers were called to Frontage Road and Old Dixie Highway after reports of a burglary at a nearby Kmart distribution center. That’s when police said Paige slammed into Hooks as he approached the truck.
The passenger in the truck, Jabari Jackson, was arrested shortly after the incident, police said.
Jackson, 33, made his first court appearance on Thursday. A judge reminded him of his actions before granting him an $8,500 bond.
“You continued to elude the police until you were trapped in a fenced area and you could no longer run from police officers,” Chief Judge Daphne Walker said.
Officers searched apartment complexes near Old Dixie Highway, showing Paige’s picture to residents.
Officers said they will not rest until Paige is arrested.