A Thomaston Police Officer was injured and his vehicle damaged during a chase last week. Officer Bobby Ellington sustained minor injuries after his police truck was hit during the chase. He remains on light duty.
Craig Fulch, age 36, of 413 Fifth Avenue, faces a multitude of charges including aggravated assault; fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer; obstruction of a law enforcement officer; cruelty to children – deprivation of necessary sustenance in the first degree; interference with government property; failure to obey a police officer; driving too fast for conditions; failure to obey a stop sign and failure to maintain a lane.
According to Cpl. Chester Ray Sledge, the incident began as he was directing traffic on Triune Mill Road and Holston Drive.
“I was notified by Officer Davy Storey by radio that there was a white male, Craig Fulch, entering into the parking lot at Upson Lee Middle School, and he was wanted for shoplifting,” Sledge reported.
Sledge then conducted a traffic stop and attempted to execute the arrest of Fulch.
“Craig (Fulch) then told me that his lawyer told him he did not have to talk with any police about this case. He then pulled his vehicle into drive and pulled off from me while I was talking with him,” Sledge said.
Fulch allegedly fled the scene in a Chevrolet pick-up truck, driving at what Sledge described as a high rate of speed. Sledge said Fulch travelled north on Holston Drive; made an illegal turn onto E. Main Street, crossing all lanes of traffic in the process; made a left turn onto Avenue L; and proceeded to make right turn onto E. Walker Street.
“Officer Ellington was at the intersection of East Walker and North Bethel and attempted to stop Craig (Fulch) at the intersection, and Craig (Fulch) ran into Officer Ellington’s patrol unit,” Sledge said. “After getting Craig (Fulch) stopped on Bethel Street, he attempted to spin away, but was blocked in by me with my patrol unit.”
Ellington reported that after Fulch struck his patrol vehicle, he continued his attempt to elude arrest.
“Fulch, driving the truck, did not stop for the stop sign, running through the stop sign and striking the front of the 2005 Ford police truck, causing moderate damage on the right front bumper with the left front side of his truck,” Ellington said. “Fulch accelerated, turned right onto Bethel Street, striking the road sign at Walker and Bethel streets, spun around in the roadway and struck a city of Thomaston utility pole, where he continued to accelerate, spinning his tires and shouting at me to move,” Ellington said. “I exited my vehicle through my driver side window. Fulch had a young female, possibly his daughter, with him in the truck.”
Upson Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene where the minor child was examined, but found to be uninjured. Fulch was transported to the emergency room of URMC where he was treated and released before being transported to the Upson County Jail.