Police are searching for the driver of a Corvette who struck a sidewalk and struck an officer’s patrol car in the Lenox Mall parking lot.
On Jan. 31, Officer Andy Taddei was patrolling Lenox Mall and noticed a vehicle parked in the fire lane.
Taddei said when he got out of his patrol unit, the driver of the Corvette came out of the mall carrying a bag of food.
When Taddei asked the man for his driver's license, the driver jumped into the Corvette.
“At that time, he slammed the door shut on the Corvette and took off,” said Taddei.
Taddei said he jumped into his patrol car and began to follow the vehicle but lost sight of it once he got to the entrance of the parking deck.
“When I came around the corner, I saw a car that was backwards on the grass and didn’t even realize, initially, it was him,” said Taddei.
Taddei said before he knew it, he was in the line of fire.
“Within just a few seconds, headlights came towards me, crashed into the passenger side of the patrol car. He hit the car hard enough that his car actually spun all the way around to make contact with the patrol car again,” said Taddei.
Taddei said he only saw part of the car’s license place. It’s an educators plate, the first two letters are E-D.
The Corvette is burgundy, possibly a 2005 or earlier model.
If anyone has any information on the driver or the vehicle, call 404-765-2808.
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