RINCON -- During a 2:30 p.m. news conference Monday, Chief Jonathan Murrell of the Rincon Police Department reported that Officer Ian Gallagher is home recovering from injuries he sustained during Saturday's Freedom Rings Parade.
Gallagher stopped a fleeing driver who sped through the parade in the opposite direction by hitting the suspect's Jeep Grand Cherokee with his police vehicle head on, ending a Fort Howard Road chase of 9/10 of a mile. The driver, Anthony Rodriguez, nearly hit several spectators and parade entries during the incident, passing an estimated 1,002 people, including spectators, parade entrants and parade workers.
The chief said Gallagher is suffering neck and shoulder pain.
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