Trooper OK following altercation

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 4, 2003

A routine traffic stop late Wednesday night quickly escalated into a footchase and an altercation which left two men injured, including Alabama State Trooper Blake Turman. The incident is still under investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

"We have limited information," said Corporal Tommy Waters, public information officer for the Evergreen post of the Alabama State Troopers. "It was a routine traffic stop. Sometime during the arrest there was an altercation between (Kerwin) Davis and Trooper Turman. Both were injured. Turman was treated and released. Davis is still at the Andalusia Regional Hospital."

According to Turman, he stopped Davis on Highway 55 south in Andalusia for "minor

traffic violations."

"He just jumped out of the truck and ran," said Turman, recuperating at home the day after the incident. "I got in a little footchase and blew out my knee. There was

a struggle and the subject did resist."

Turman said he would not know the extent of his injuries until Monday.

Turman was assisted in the arrest by Reserve Deputies Thomas Huggins and Mike Wambles. Huggins was traveling with Turman at the time. Wambles, off duty, stopped when he saw the trooper had someone pulled over.

After the arrest, Turman called for an ambulance and other law enforcement agencies also responded, including the Covington County 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force. According to Turman, the DTF did not immediately find anything in the vehicle the subject was driving, but a bag of a white powdery substance was found on the suspect which later tested positive as cocaine.