A Metro police officer who was stuck by a motorist this year says he is not holding a grudge against the driver.
Officer Brent Hoadley was working a traffic accident on Murfreesboro Pike in Donelson on a damp Saturday morning in January when he was struck by a driver.
Hoadley, who was in uniform and wearing a florescent vest at the time, sustained serious injuries.
“Both of my knees were pretty banged up, severely stretched MCL's, fractured shoulder and then fractured jaw knocked about 10 or 12 teeth out,” he said.
The driver, who was later identified as Gameel Atealla Mesad, wasn't injured.
“I'm not mad at the guy,” Hoadley told Nashville's News 2. “I don't think he intentionally did it. I just wish people would pay more attention, slow down.”
Due to his injuries, Hoadley was forced to slow down and has since undergone numerous surgeries and rehabilitation.
Hoadley has since been re-commissioned and has returned to the force, this time as a mounted horse patrol officer.
“When I was in the hospital one of my friends asked if I was going to go back to work and the thought never crossed my mind not to,” he said, adding, “I don't have any other plans. This is what I do. This is what I love doing as far as police work and now that I'm out here with the horses; it's a lot of fun.”
Hoadley still has several surgeries to undergo in the future to repair his teeth.
Officer Hoadley is a six-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department.
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