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Court documents reveal injured Elizabethtown officer dragged '100 feet through the mall parking lot'

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Officer Ron Caffee Officer Ron Caffee

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Elizabethtown Police have arrested the man they say injured an officer Saturday night.

Alex Dowell, 34, is charged with first-degree assault and fleeing and evading police.

According to an arrest report, Dowell was stopped around 8 p.m. for “riding a four-wheeler in the roadway” near Towne Mall.

Officers say they ran the 34-year-old’s information and Dowell tried to ride off.

That’s when Officer Ron Caffee, a three year veteran of the Elizabethtown Police Department, “grabbed [Dowell’s] shirt attempting to stop him.”

The paperwork says the officer was dragged “100 feet through the mall parking lot” causing him to hit his head on the pavement.

“You know, it hurts you, it cuts you deep when stuff like that happens,” said Pastor Jeff Noel with Grace Heartland Church.

Pastor Noel was already set to lead a prayer service for officers in the community on Sunday at the Elizabethtown Police Department, when he learned of Officer Caffee’s injuries.

“In light of everything that’s been going on in our country the last couple of weeks, we just felt like it was important to let them know that they were appreciated,” said Pastor Noel. “That certainly brought another dimension to our prayer meeting. To pray for him and for his family.”

More than 100 church members, community leaders, and police officers were at the service.

The 54-year-old officer suffered a skull fracture and brain bleeds. He was flown to University Hospital with injuries deemed life-threatening.

When state representative, Jim Duplessis heard, he wanted to help, so he set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the officer and his family.

“I mean, if we just all sit around waiting for somebody else to do it, things don’t get done. So I just took the bull, and I felt like I have a lot of Facebook friends because of my position, and I thought maybe I could get this out and get the word out,” said Rep. Duplessis.

Within just a few hours, the account collected about $2,000.

“Whether it’s $25, $100, or $1,000, there’s people who can give and I’m just asking and hoping that people will do that,” said Rep. Duplessis.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Elizabethtown Police Department says, "The next five days will be crucial in [Caffee’s] recovery. Please keep Ron and his wife Lisa in your prayers."

Dowell declined WDRB’s request for an interview from behind bars in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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