Cal­houn man faces Ag­gra­vated As­sault on Po­lice Of­fi­cer, other charges

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

Cal­houn Po­lice have filed a war­rant for the ar­rest of Christo­pher Steven Ray, 34, of 980 Red­bud Road, Apt. 4, Cal­houn, af­ter he as­saulted a po­lice of­fi­cer early Mon­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port, around 12:30 a.m. on Mon­day, Sept. 10, Of­fi­cer J. Cuprowski ob­served a black Jeep Grand Chero­kee turn­ing into 980 Red­bud Road. Due to a miss­ing brake light, Of­fi­cer Cuprowski per­formed a traf­fic stop on the ve­hi­cle. The driver, later iden­ti­fied as Ray, at­tempted to get out of the ve­hi­cle, but Cuprowski in­structed him to stay in the ve­hi­cle, caus­ing Ray to crank the Jeep and put it in re­verse. Cuprowski opened the driv­ers door and yelled for Ray to stop, but Ray spun his tires and ac­cel­er­ated back­wards, strik­ing Cuprowski’s pa­trol car. Ray then put the Jeep in drive and pointed the ve­hi­cle at Cuprowski as he at­tempted to flee the scene. Cuprowski stated in the re­port that he had to jump out of the way to keep from be­ing struck. The Jeep fled onto Red­bud Road.

About five min­utes later, a call came in that the Jeep was still run­ning near the park­ing lot of a nearby med­i­cal fa­cil­ity. Cuprowski ar­rived at the scene, where the Jeep had been aban­doned and was miss­ing a wheel. Sev­eral wit­nesses in nearby apart­ments stated they saw a man get out and run into the wooded area be­hind the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, and that a woman ran to­wards the apart­ments. She was de­scribed as a short, white fe­male with brown hair and a dark tank top.

Cuprowski lo­cated a purse in­side the Jeep with an Alabama ID be­long­ing to Brit­tney Gil­bert. Cuprowski vis­ited the apart­ments and spoke to a woman iden­ti­fied as Erica Fowler, who said that she was not in the Jeep but that the fa­ther of her child was. Fowler told po­lice the Jeep be­longs to the grand­mother of Ray, and that Ray was on the run from the po­lice. Cuprowski re­turned to CPD and pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied Ray by look­ing at the sus­pects driver’s li­cense pic­ture, and took war­rants out on Ray.

Ray will be charged with Felony Ag­gra­vated As­sault on a Po­lice Of­fi­cer, Flee­ing and At­tempt­ing to Elude and Reck­less Con­duct.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion to the where­abouts of Christo­pher Steven Ray are asked to call Cal­houn Po­lice at 706-629-1234.

GOR­DON COUNTY SHER­IFF'S OF­FICE / FILE PHOTO

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