Man charged with trying to run over officer

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 10, 2007 - A 28-year-old Sulphur Springs man was in the county jail Thursday morning, accused of trying to run over a police officer with a car.

Special Crimes Unit investigators received a tip Wednesday night the vehicle would be transporting illegal contraband, possibly narcotics.

SCU officers spotted him traveling east on Interstate 30 in a maroon Chevrolet Impala. SCU Sgt. Tony Crouse initiated a traffic stop near League Street at about 8:20 p.m.

SCU Sgt. Harold McClure approached the car from the front. According to officers, the driver, Michael Charles Goodson Jr., accelerated as McClure walked up. The officer tried to avoid being struck, but was bumped lightly before falling to the ground and rolling out of the way of the car.

Andy Chester, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, said Crouse fired a bullet in the direction of the Impala, attempting to shoot out a tire, but missed. No one was injured.

�An officer did attempt to use deadly force, but on the vehicle, not on the suspect or anyone,� Chester said.

The Impala continued toward the League Street overpass. Sulphur Springs police officers stopped him a short distance later at the access road to the League Street overpass.

Officers believed something was thrown out the window of the car before it was stopped. SCU officers searched the area but have yet to find anything as of this morning, but were still looking. 

Officers were also conducting a thorough search of the car.

Goodson was charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault on a public servant and third-degree felony evading arrest. He remained in the county jail just before noon Thursday.

The passenger in the vehicle, a 31-year-old Sulphur Springs woman, was arrested on a Sulphur Springs warrant for expired operator’s license and a Lamar County warrant related to a violation of probation charge. She also remained in jail Thursday morning.

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