Police: ATV driver who dragged Nashville PD officer arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Authorities announced Wednesday the ATV driver police say dragged the Metro Nashville Police officer has been arrested.

Members of the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested 30-year-old Walter E. Moss II, and authorities said he'll be charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors.

Moss was arrested in Springfield, Tennessee.

Approximately 100 dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVS, and four wheelers took over Broadway in downtown Nashville Saturday afternoon, and left Metro Nashville Police Sergeant John Bourque hospitalized after being struck and dragged by a four wheeler.

Bourque was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with minor injuries and returned to work the same day.

The MNPD said the motorists were weaving in and out around moving and parked vehicles before fleeing the scene.

"I was just driving down on Broadway headed down towards the river and I just saw a ton of ATV's and dirt bikes coming down the road doing wheelies and burning out,” said an Uber driver who wished to remain anonymous.

"They were pretty wild... wild and all over the place and they all had like masks on over their faces, and really reckless,” the driver added.

Downtown Nashville was particularly busy Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities.

The Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement on the incident:

"Our officers remain committed to their mission to promote a safe and peaceful environment in Nashville. This is another example of the many risks and sacrifices associated with accomplishing that mission. This blatant disregard for the safety of our community and those who serve it cannot be tolerated. We are confident that the MNPD will endeavor to identify and charge all who were involved in this reckless and willful act of endangerment. Furthermore, it is imperative for Nashville's leadership to send a clear message to this community that the safety of Nashvillians and its public servants must be a priority well above the lawlessness that caused several injuries to our officers and cost Nashville taxpayers thousands of unnecessary dollars."