Officer recalls being dragged by suspect
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 22:11:35 GMT —
A man wanted for dragging a Pee Dee police officer following traffic stop is expected to be in jail in Florence County late Wednesday.
Andy Capps couldn't believe it when he heard the news of Wilson's arrest.
The incident has left the former Pamplico police officer permanently disabled.
Capps now walks with a limp. "The mind is willing, but the body is not able," said Capps.
In August of 2006, Capps got a call of loud music coming from Wilson's car on Walnut Street in Pamplico.
So, he stopped him. Capps said, " I was just basically going to tell him to turn his music down."
But he never got the chance. Deputies say Wilson, dragged Capps about 100 yards down the highway.
"He took off and I got tied up, and I basically grabbed him around his neck and at that point tried to pull him off the gas pedal," said Capps.
He says Wilson didn't stop and proceeded to sideswipe cars.
"I had to make a decision whether I was gone find out how far he was either going to take me before I die or if I was just gonna take my chances, so I took my chances and I had to jump off," said Capps.
He called Lieutenant Ernie Coleman for back up.
"I heard him screaming on the radio that he needed help," said Lt. Coleman.
When Coleman got there, Wilson was long gone and Capps was pretty banged up. He suffered a shattered foot and wrist, dislocated the other wrist, and broke two ribs and his left thumb.
He's had more than 20 surgeries. "It's tough. I wake up in pain."
Tuesday morning, a phone call woke up Capps of news that Wilson had been caught, after nearly five years.
Capps longed for the day Wilson would be caught. He says he hopes Wilson will get the justice he deserves.
"I can't run. I can't play with my four year old daughter. I have to watch her play and that's very disheartening," said Capps.
Wilson is charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.
He will have a bond hearing Thursday morning.
Deputies plan to ask the judge to deny bond for Wilson.