TBI investigating “use of force” during MPD traffic stop that sent driver to hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A driver was taken to the hospital, after a police arrest.

On Jan. 7 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Memphis Police performed a traffic stop on East Raines Road and Ross Road, in Hickory Ridge.

As police approached the vehicle, the driver got out of the car and fled on foot.

After a brief foot chase, the driver was arrested.

After the arrest, the driver complained of having shortness of breath.

An MFD ambulance made the scene and took the driver to St Francis Hospital in critical condition.

TBI is conducting a use-of-force investigation, and the officers involved were relieved of duty, during the investigation.

Since hearing about the officer-involved confrontation that led to jobs being threatened and someone being hospitalized, a nearby community weighed in.

The commotion now has people talking about what you should and shouldn’t do when pulled over by law enforcement. “If the police is pulling you over, just cooperate,” said nearby resident Sonya Griggs.

“That’s why I tell my daughter all the time, if something happens, just stop, cooperate, do whatever they tell you to do. That way it won’t be an issue,” said Griggs.

“They are trying to keep the peace and keep everybody safe, so if you’re breaking the law you got to suffer the consequences,” another resident told FOX13 anonymously.

“No matter what you did, nobody deserves to die from that,” said Shenae Bachelor, who lives in a nearby subdivision. “I’m definitely praying for that suspect, definitely wishing they get the medical care that they need, especially with the Damar Hamlin situation. Prayer works.”

Some who live in nearby communities fear this latest incident may be cause for alarm.

“Literally, I’m around the corner from here. I have a son. I really want to know what they are going to do and why we weren’t notified,” said Bachelor.