CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Officer fired after hitting suspect with cruiser

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A Georgia police officer has been fired after hitting a suspect with his patrol car as the man tried to flee on foot.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department says Officer Taylor Saulters has been let go following a review of the incident, which took place on Friday.

Newly-released body camera footage shows the chase.

A spokesman with the police department says Saulters and Officer Hunter Blackmon were riding as a two-person unit when they saw a person who was wanted for felony warrants. 

Police say the suspect, Timmy Patmon, ran away when Officer Blackmon got out of the police cruiser and approached him. 

Saulters was still in his patrol car and tried to get ahead of the foot chase by cutting Patmon off. According to NBC affiliate WXIA, the cruiser hit a curb and a stop sign and the front driver-side tire went flat.

Police say Patmon continued running, and Saulters tried to cut him off again, but struck him with the cruiser at a low rate of speed.

Authorities say Patmon was taken to the hospital for scrapes and bruises. 

Salters was placed on administrative leave right after the incident, but after a review of the body camera footage, he was terminated.

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