Police said it all started when an officer with Cobb County's VIPER unit was hit by a car.

Man arrested who hit Cobb police officer with car and fled

The morning after Cobb County and Smyrna police swarmed a neighborhood Tuesday along Oakdale Road searching for men accused of hitting an officer with their car, no suspects had been arrested, Cobb police said.

By afternoon, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, arrested Albert Bekari Alford in Fairburn, Officer Alicia Chilton, a spokeswoman for Cobb County police, said in a news release.

The officer who was struck by the vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital last night and released.

There were more than a dozen patrol cars with heavily armed officers and an Atlanta Police Department chopper used in the search Tuesday night, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The incident started when a car hit an officer with Cobb County’s Violent Incident Prevention Unit, known as VIPER. Then the vehicle led law enforcement representatives on a chase stopped near the entrance of the Vinings Plantation subdivision when men in the car took off in the area.

Neighborhood residents said the area has been experiencing more crime incidents lately.

“The police are arresting them, and then they go to court and they’re plea bargained and then they go back on the streets, which is very discouraging for the police,” one neighbor told Channel 2 Action News.

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