2 men charged, 1 with attempted murder, after hitting, dragging CCSO sergeant with car


Caleb Alexander, left; Phillip Pope, right

CULLMAN – Two men are facing charges today after an incident Saturday in which Cullman County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Sgt. Daniel Cummings was hit and dragged by a vehicle, according to the CCSO.

Caleb Dennison Alexander, 20, of Lacey's Spring, the driver of the vehicle, has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree receiving stolen property, second-degree domestic violence and second-degree escape. He was also charged with failure to appear (FTA) on previous charges of two counts of first-degree theft of property and third-degree burglary.

Alexander is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center without bond.

A passenger in the vehicle, Phillip Chad Pope, 22, of Cullman, has been charged with first-degree receiving stolen property. He is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.

The incident unfolded on Saturday when Cummings pulled the suspects over on Stewart Road in Good Hope.

"Sgt. Cummings was responding to a call," said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. "After he pulled the suspects over and made contact, the suspects drove off, hitting Sgt. Cummings and dragging him underneath the vehicle."

Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), CCSO deputies and Cullman City Police officers gave chase, and the suspects were apprehended a short time later near the National Guard armory in Cullman.

Cummings sustained minor injuries, including bruises and scrapes. He was treated and released from Cullman Regional.

"I'd like to commend Sgt. Cummings for the job he did," said Gentry. "I'd also like to commend the state officers, deputies and city police. They responded very quickly."


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