Hit-and-run Motorist Dead After Dragging Officer During Police Chase

State officials say that a hit-and-run accident that turned into a police chase on a Georgia highway killed one driver and hurt an officer.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says that on May 4, an officer with the state’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division saw a hit-and-run near Interstate 16 in Bryan County.

Investigators say that the cop chased after the driver, 29-year-old Walter Kye Herman, and stopped him after a short time.

The GBI said that after the officer talked to Herman, he tried to put him in handcuffs. A news release says that Herman then hit the gas and dragged the officer for a tenth of a mile as he clung to the inside of the car.

Investigators say the car hit a street sign and then went off the road and down a steep hill. The cop fired his gun, which threw him and Herman out of the car, the release says.

The GBI said that Herman was shot and died from his wounds. The cop, who was not named, was taken to a hospital.

The police are looking into the killing, they said.

About 230 miles south of Atlanta is Bryan County.

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