Atlanta protests: Officer struck by ATV ‘in good spirits’ while recovering

The Atlanta City Council surprised injured Officer Max Brewer with balloons Friday at Grady Memorial Hospital. (Photo: Atlanta police)
The Atlanta City Council surprised injured Officer Max Brewer with balloons Friday at Grady Memorial Hospital. (Photo: Atlanta police)

An Atlanta police officer seriously injured when he was hit by an ATV remains in “good spirits” while recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital, APD said Friday.

Meanwhile, the man accused of striking Officer Max Brewer remained at the Fulton County jail, where he was being held without bond. Avery Goggans, 42, of Stone Mountain was charged with DUI, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and other traffic charges, according to police.

 

According to investigators, Brewer was assisting with traffic control at the intersection of Marietta and Spring streets when he was hit around 10:30 p.m. Saturday during the second night of protests.

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“While there, an ATV drove past at a high rate of speed,” Sgt. John Chafee previously said. “A short time later, the ATV approached the intersection again at a high rate of speed and struck the officer.”

Avery Goggans, accused of striking an Atlanta officer, was being held without bond late Friday at the Fulton County jail. (Photo: Fulton Sheriff's Office)
Avery Goggans, accused of striking an Atlanta officer, was being held without bond late Friday at the Fulton County jail. (Photo: Fulton Sheriff's Office)

At Grady, Brewer underwent emergency surgery after sustaining significant injuries to both legs, Chafee said. An 18-year veteran of APD, Brewer is a married father of four and a grandfather, according to a Go Fund Me page created to assist his family.

Lt. Michael Smith posted online that he created the fundraiser because it’s unknown how long Brewer may be out of work. By late Friday, more than $168,000 had been raised.

Brewer has been appreciative of all the support during his recovery, Smith said. On Friday, the Atlanta City Council sent balloons to Brewer’s room at Grady.

The crash that injured the officer remains under investigation.