Sergeant Daniel Cummings Struck By Suspect Vehicle

by | Mar 4, 2017 | 911, Breaking News, City News, County News, Crime, Cullman, Cullman City, Good Hope, Public Safety

Sergeant Daniel Cummings Struck By Suspect Vehicle

Sergeant Daniel Cummings of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office was struck by a suspect vehicle while he was on foot at the end point of a law enforcement chase late this afternoon.

The incident was initiated on Stewart Road in the City of Good Hope. Cummings identified a suspect vehicle and proceeded to conduct a traffic stop. The individual driving the car apparently decided to elude the situation.

A chase then ensued with Cummings in pursuit of the vehicle. The chase ended around the intersection of County Road 437 and 24th Street SE near the National Guard Armory.

Law enforcement back up from CCSO, Cullman Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency were immediately mobilized to the location.

Sergeant Daniel Cummings Struck By Suspect Vehicle

Sergeant Cummings then engaged the suspect vehicle on foot at the end of the chase. At that point, the driver of the vehicle elected to use his car as a weapon. Cummings was struck by the moving vehicle and then was dragged for several feet underneath the suspect vehicle.

The suspect then exited his vehicle and struck off on foot near the armory. His foray into eludement was quickly squashed as law enforcement officers from multiple agencies tracked and apprehended the suspect.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Cummings was immediately treated at the scene and transported from area by Cullman EMS to the Cullman Regional emergency facility.

We spoke briefly with Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry soon after the incident. He had these initial reactions:

“Our first and topmost concern is for Sergeant Cummings. He was transported to CRMC for evaluation and treatment. He is definitely banged up, but it is my understanding that he did NOT sustain any life-threatening injuries.

I am proud of Sergeant Cummings’ professionalism and focused effort in this situation. Law enforcement is always at risk when dealing with members of society who are intent on destructive behavior.

Finally, I appreciate the fast response from all parties involved in the apprehension of this suspect. We had Troopers, City Police and Deputies working together during a dangerous situation for the safety of everyone, particularly Sergeant Cummings.”

Below is footage from the scene captured by Nick Lee:

Sergeant Daniel Cummings Struck By Suspect Vehicle

The suspect was immediately arrested and transported to the Cullman County Detention Center. His name has not been released pending booking and a determination of criminal charges he will face for his role in this incident.

We will provide a status update on that AND Sergeant Cummings’ condition when such information becomes available.

In his off-duty time, Cummings has become a bit of celebrity after back-to-back People’s Choice Awards in the popular 911 Chili Cook-Off competition.

Sergeant Daniel Cummings Struck By Suspect Vehicle

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