Suspect previously hit by Athens officer’s car runs from police again, cops say

A man hit by a former Athens police officer’s vehicle as he attempted to run away is now accused of obstruction after running away from another officer Aug. 22, authorities said.

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According to a report obtained by Channel 2 Action News, an officer ran into Timmy Patmon, 24, of Athens, at a parking lot on Vine Street, yelled out Patmon’s name and grabbed him by his left arm to tell him he had an active probation violation warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

Patmon said “no,” pulled free and began running, according to the report. The officer wasn’t able to catch up to Patmon.

Athens police spokesman Geoffrey Gilland confirmed to that Patmon was arrested the next day and is also charged with obstruction.

On June 1, former Athens police officer Taylor Saulters attempted to arrest Patmon on the felony probation warrant. After dashcam video of Saulters chasing and striking Patmon with his patrol car was made public, he was fired from the Athens police department.

A day later, he was hired by the Oglethorpe County Sheriff's Office.

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