Dunwoody cops swamped with treats after injured officer jokingly asks for them

Dunwoody’s police officers may be riding a sugar high for the next few days.

After one of their own was dragged alongside a car onto I-285 and thrown from the vehicle last week, the police department has been overloaded with sweet treats sent in by residents for the injured officer.

Officer Nathan Daley is recovering at home after the incident Thursday, which was captured on a dashcam video viewed around the nation.

In a clip sent out by the police department Friday afternoon, a smiling Daley downplayed his obvious wounds and jokingly said he would “accept donations in the form of sweets, cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes with sprinkles, vanilla or red velvet.”

Well, he got what he wished for. Dunwoody police said people from all over the country have dropped off or delivered treats for Daley — cookies, cakes, pies, brownies and more.

Daley’s fellow officers recently stopped by his house to drop off some of the sweets.

Daley's fellow officers dropped off some of the treats at his home.

Credit: Dunwoody Police Department

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Credit: Dunwoody Police Department

“He said he was just joking when he made that video and he didn't think people would take him serious,” the department wrote in a post on Facebook. “He wants to thank all of those who have donated, wrote letters, and kept him in their thoughts and prayers.”

Daley agreed to share some of the goodies with the rest of the officers and staff at Dunwoody police.

“We're not complaining at all!” the post said.

Authorities said Daley stopped 35-year-old Derric Alexander Simpson on Ashford Dunwoody Road Thursday for violating the state’s hands-free law.

While speaking with Daley on the side of the road, Simpson started to put his Chevrolet Malibu into gear, police said last week. The officer reached into the vehicle to stop him when Simpson allegedly took off onto I-285 with Daley hanging from the window.

Daley’s body was caught between the Malibu and other cars as he was dragged alongside the vehicle and onto the interstate, police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons said. He fell to the pavement when Simpson struck another vehicle on the interstate, authorities said.

The driver jumped from the Malibu and tried to run away on foot, but police caught up with him, Parsons said.

Simpson faces 10 charges and is being held at the DeKalb County jail without bond.

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