by: Tom Jones Updated:
JONESBORO, Ga. - Clayton County police continued their search for a man who they said intentionally ran over and seriously injured one of their officers with his pickup truck.
It happened Wednesday on Old Dixie Highway near Forest Park. Officers responded to a burglary call at an abandoned Kmart building and said when they arrived, Thomas Paige hit the officer as he tried to get away.
Police said Paige took off running and has remained on the run.
Channel 2's Tom Jones rode along with officers as they searched an apartment complex just off Upper Riverdale Road. Police said it is the last known area Paige was seen.
Officers passed out fliers with Paige's picture on it and asked residents at the Highland Vista apartments if they had seen him.
"Have y'all seen this guy in the area?" an officer asked a woman sitting on her porch.
"He look familiar at all?" Capt. Larry Arnold asked another resident. "I think I've seen him but I haven't seen him lately," she said.
One apartment worker told officers he was willing to do everything he could to help catch Paige.
"Apparently he has no conscience," Richard Williams said. "We want to catch him. We want to put him away. We want him caught. Anybody who will do a police officer like that way."
Meanwhile the man who police say was a passenger in Paige's truck made his first court appearance.
Jabari Jackson, 33, faces loitering or prowling and obstruction charges. Police said he ran when officers confronted the pair at the abandoned building.
Chief Magistrate Judge Daphne Walker read the allegations to Jackson.
"You continued to elude the police until you were trapped in a fenced area and you could no longer run from police officers," Walker said.
Jackson's leg shook nervously as he waited to go before the judge. He was given an $8,500 bond.
While Jackson remains locked up, officers have worked overtime to find his partner. Police said it is imperative that he is caught, and caught soon.