2 Athens cops injured during escapee’s arrest

2 Athens cops injured during escapee’s arrest

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Marvin Taylor (Credit: Athens-Clarke County Police Department)
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  • Marvin Taylor failed to return to a work release program, police said.
  • He ran when he saw police spotted him at a Dollar General.
  • He allegedly fought the officers as they tried to restrain him.

Two officers were injured trying to arrest a man who failed to return to a work release program, according to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Marvin Taylor failed to show up Thursday at the Athens-Clarke County Department of Corrections Diversion Center, authorities said.

Officers spotted him Tuesday at the Dollar General in the 2100 block of Lexington Road, and he ran, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said.

When officers caught up to Taylor, they tried to use a Taser on him, Rodriguez said. 

“However, the Taser did not make full contact, and Taylor brushed the probes/wires away,” he said. 

Lt. Christopher Nichols and senior police Officer Gregory Gilchrist tried to physically restrain Taylor, who fought the officers, police said. 

Nichols ended up with a fractured finger, and Gilchrist with an injured right elbow, Rodriguez said.

Taylor, 42, faces misdemeanor charges of theft by shoplifting and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, according to jail records.

He is also charged with felony escape.

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A pregnant woman says she was threatened with jail time after using a bathroom at a local hospital.

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