SUMMERDALE, Ala. (WPMI) Summerdale's Police Chief is recovering from surgery in Thomas Hospital.
Chief Eddie Ingram, suffered a torn knee ligament and a fractured femur in his left leg while apprehending a suspect.
Ingram says his leg was crushed when the suspect, 6 foot 2, 240 pound Ray Middleton resisted arrest.
"He knew what he was doing. He did it intentionally. He's going to pay the price for it one way or another, " said Ingram.
Middleton has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1995. He's been arrested 63 times. U.S. Marshals wanted him for failing to register as a sex offender stemming from a rape conviction involving a 14-year-old girl.
Middleton was arrested at this trailer park last night. "He just got out of prison in June. He's muscled up and as we're escorting him he basically planted his feet in a tackling stance collapsed his arms. Chief Ingram and I had him on the other side. He just began kicking and attempting to punch. He then fell directly on top of Chief Ingram, " said Major Trent Dennis.
Chief says it's going to be a slow recovery process, at least 6 weeks until doctors will know more.
This hospital stint comes 14 weeks after the chief had shoulder replacement surgery.
"I'd rather this happened to me than any of my boys. They are a lot younger and I've had a good career if it does end it. I hope it doesn't but if it does," said Ingram.