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UPDATE: Elizabethtown officer that was dragged 100 feet released from ICU

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a police officer dragged 100 feet through a mall parking lot says he has been dismissed from the ICU but still has a road of recovery ahead of him and is headed in the right direction. 

Court documents allege Ron Caffee, 54, was one of several Elizabethtown Police officers that stopped Alex Dowell, 34, around 8 p.m. Saturday for “riding a four-wheeler in the roadway” near Towne Mall.

Officers ran Dowell’s information, and they say he tried to ride off. That's when Officer Caffee apparently "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.

Caffee was flown to University Hospital with a skull fracture and brain bleeds.

“When he first came in, he wasn’t recognizing much of anything ... But now he’s recognizing people as they come in,” described the officer’s brother-in-law, Scott Quackenbush.

Quackenbush drove in from Michigan to be by Caffee’s side.

“He knows he’s in a hospital. Not necessarily what city he’s in, but he knows he’s in a hospital,” Quackenbush said. “It’s funny, some of the nurses up there say this is the nicest patient that doesn’t understand what’s going on that they’ve ever had.”

Caffee is a retired Army colonel. He has been an officer with the Elizabethtown Police Department for three years.

“Every time we walk in there, there’s a steady stream of officers supporting him and stopping in,” Quackenbush said.

Quackenbush says his brother-in-law’s head injury could prevent him from ever remembering the details of what happened.

A GoFundMe page created by state representative Jim Duplessis has already raised thousands of dollars for the injured officer and his family.

“You don’t notice how much love is there until something bad happens and the outpour is just, every time we look over our shoulder, we see something new and more people supporting us that we didn’t know,” Quackenbush said.

As for the officer's condition, Quackenbush said "he's still got a long ways to go."

Alex Dowell was arrested a few hours after the incident. He is charged with first-degree assault and fleeing and evading police.

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


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