Camp Hill police chief returns to work after traffic stop injury

Updated: Mar. 20, 2017 at 6:39 PM CDT
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Potts in the hospital after the incident. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Potts in the hospital after the incident. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

CAMP HILL, AL (WSFA) - Camp Hill's police chief is back on the job after a five-month long recovery from multiple injuries he received on duty. Chief Johnny Potts suffered broken bones in his foot and other injuries to his leg after a dangerous traffic stop last October.

Potts was on patrol when he spotted a traffic violation and pulled a car over on Martin Luther King Street. Once the traffic stop was handled, Potts was walking back to his car to leave. He says the driver suddenly accelerated and slammed into him with his truck before taking off.

"He was on the wrong side of the road when I got there and so our cars were face to face. After I gave him the citation, I left him and I'm looking over my back and, as I get ready to get to my car, that's when he hit me," the chief said after the incident.

The impact forced Potts up onto his patrol car and then onto the ground. He called for help and was taken to the hospital for treatment. His recovery spanned several months and last week, he returned to work.

The case against the driver was no billed by a Tallapoosa County grand jury in January. No other information has been released on the investigation.

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