Polk Police Chief Kenny Dodd wreck

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd's car was struck from behind as he was turned around attempting to assist a woman and her child in front of Polk Medical Center Friday morning, Oct. 6, 2017.

Contributed by Regina Gentry

Update as of 2:30 p.m.: 

More details about the wreck involving the unmarked squad car used by Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd and a pickup truck this morning are now available in a preliminary report from Georgia State Patrol.

Officials at GSP reported that around 8:40 a.m. this morning, Dodd pulled over on his way to the Polk County Police Department office when he came across a mother and child who were walking eastbound on Highway 278 in front of Polk Medical Center. 

Dodd turned around and partially pulled over with the pair in front of the hospital with his lights on in the right hand lane, officials said. He was out of the car talking to the mother and child, who were not named in the report.

Officials said that a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Wallace Allen Parsons, 59, of Cedartown, struck the unmarked patrol car in the rear. Officials said that Dodd's car was struck it began to "rotate in a clockwise direction and roll down the embankment before coming to a uncontrolled rest at the bottom of the embankment." 

Dodd was inside of the car when it was hit, officials said. He was injured and transported to Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome for treatment. Polk County Manager Matt Denton said earlier that Dodd was OK following the wreck and was expected to be released from the hospital this afternoon, if he hadn't been already. 

Neither mother or child were injured in the wreck. 

Parsons was charged following the incident with following too closely and failure to move over for law enforcement emergency vehicles.

Update as of 11:45 a.m.: 

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd is OK following a morning wreck in front of Polk Medical Center. 

County Manager Matt Denton confirmed his status, but did not have any information to provide further at this time. 

Previously posted at 11:20 a.m.:

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd is at the hospital being treated this morning following a wreck on Highway 278 in front of Polk Medical Center while trying to assist a mother and child walking down the roadway.

According to Polk County Public Safety Director Randy Lacey, Dodd was driving to work earlier this morning when he approached Polk Medical Center heading westbound on Highway 278 and noticed a mother and child walking down the roadway.

Dodd turned around quickly and headed eastbound to offer the mother and child a ride, but while he was talking to the pair a truck came up from behind and struck his vehicle in the rear, then knocked him off the roadway in front of Polk Medical Center.

The mother and child were uninjured in the wreck, Lacey said.

He did not know the extent of the injuries suffered by Dodd, but said that when he was taken to a Rome-area hospital by ambulance he was responsive and awake.

"His car was completely totaled in the wreck," Dodd said.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.