MPD officer recovering after altercation with driver on I-40 overnight

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis police officer is recovering this morning after an altercation with an erratic driver on a Memphis interstate overnight.

Police say the incident happened at the I-40 E flyover.

MPD responded to a suspicious vehicle near Sycamore View and Macon Cove.

Officers saw a man driving erratically with the driver side door open, police said.

Officers told the man to stop the vehicle, turn it off and get out.

Police said the suspect refused and sped off into the street, almost running over an officer.

The suspect then reportedly did donuts in the middle of the intersection.

Two officers got out of their squad car when the suspect’s vehicle was stopped, but he then attempted to run over them, police said.

Officers followed the suspect.

His vehicle stopped on I-40 WB just before the flyover, and officers tried talking to him to get him out of the car.

Police were able to turn the car off and get the suspect out.

He resisted arrest was tased several times and pepper-sprayed, police said.

Officers got the suspect back out of the car as he attempted to drive off with an officer inside.

The suspect was taken to Baptist East in non-critical condition.

One MPD officer was injured and taken to St. Francis Bartlett in non-critical condition, police said.

The suspect, identified as Christophe Woodard, is being charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault on a police officer-Felony, Reckless Driving, Evading Arrest in a vehicle and Resisting Arrest.

Woodard’s car was towed to the city lot on Klinke.