Snellville officer nearly run over

A Snellville police sergeant was nearly run over Saturday after a driver took off amid questioning about allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl in a park.

Sgt. Rain Nieddu had just asked 18-year-old Kevin Hill and the girl for their IDs when Hill sped away, trapping the sergeant between an open door and the car near a Briscoe Park soccer field, Nieddu said in a police report.

Just before 10 p.m., Nieddu found Hill “with no clothing on in the backseat” of a 2003 Acura, according to the report. She said he was on top of a teen who was “naked from the waist down and wearing a blue shirt.”

The teen put her pants on and got out of the car.

“I told them they could not have sex in the park and Hill stated that they were only kissing,” Nieddu said.

Nieddu then asked the pair for identification.

“Hill walked around to the driver side and I thought he was going to get his license,” Nieddu said, adding that she smelled marijuana.

Hill instead accelerated backward, wedging Nieddu between the door and car.

“Being unable to reach for any type of weapon, I continually told him to stop and was eventually slung from the vehicle as he continued his accelerated circle which caused me to hit the pavement on my right side, rolling over several times before being able to stop,” Nieddu said in the incident report.

She initially fell under the driver’s door and noticed the car was still traveling backward.

“If I did not roll to the side, I am confident that Hill would have run me over with his vehicle,” Nieddu said.

Nieddu radioed in to other officers and later saw a police car trailing Hill’s vehicle, according to the report. He led them on a chase through two counties —with a blown-out tire, Snellville police Chief Roy Whitehead said.

At one point, police said Hill threw marijuana out of the car as the vehicle bounced across a ditch. Police eventually caught him.

Hill appeared in court Monday on charges that included aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, obstruction and driving on the wrong side of the road.

A judge denied bond.

Nieddu and the 16-year-old girl are recovering, Whitehead said. The incident left them with bruises.

“We are fortunate that the young passenger and the officer only suffered minor injuries,” Whitehead said.