Dunwoody Rotary

Dunwoody Officer Nathan Daley, second from right, is recognized by, from left, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan and Joan Carr.

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Since Dunwoody Police Officer Nathan Daley was injured during a traffic stop Aug. 1, the community has rallied behind him, sending in cookies, get well cards and other treats. 

According to Dunwoody Police’s report, around 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1, police observed a driver violating Georgia’s hands-free law on Ashford Dunwoody Road near I-285. Officers initiated a traffic stop with the driver, 35-year-old Derric Simpson of Decatur.

During the traffic stop, Simpson allegedly put the vehicle in gear. Daley reached into the vehicle in an attempt to stop the driver from fleeing. Simpson accelerated with Daley still partially inside the vehicle, police stated. 

Police said Simpson drove onto I-285 West with Daley holding onto the vehicle until the vehicle struck a white Ford van, knocking Daley to the road. Another Dunwoody Police officer pursued Simpson west on I-285 until he was involved in a multi-vehicle crash just before Roswell Road. 

Simpson was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated battery, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, trafficking in ecstasy, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, hit and run, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, interference with government property and violation of the Georgia hands-free law. 

Daley was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and released to recover at home later that day. 

The following day, Dunwoody Police posted a video on their Facebook page of Daley showing the extent of his injuries and thanking the community. 

“It does look as bad as it feels, but you know me, I will bounce back 10-times stronger,” Daley said. “I love you guys. Thank you so much for your support, and I accept donations in the form of sweets: chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes with sprinkles — vanilla or red velvet.”

The solicitation for sweets, which Daley said he meant as a joke, was taken seriously by many in the community who sent goodies to the Dunwoody Police Department. 

On Aug. 6, Dunwoody Police posted this update on Daley:

“He’s recovering really well, and all of these cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, cards and letters are definitely going to help in the recovery process. His team stopped by his house with the treats. He’s gotten deliveries from all over the country!

Daley thanked all of those who have donated, wrote letters and kept him in their thoughts and prayers. Daley’s coworkers thanked him for sharing some of the sweets with them.

Aug. 16, Daley was honored by the Dunwoody Rotary Club. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and his wife Joan Carr were among those thanking Daley for his heroic actions and gifting him cookies.  

The Carrs said they were grateful for the opportunity to connect with Daley, check in on how his recovery is going, and thank him for his service. 

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