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Deputy attacked on I-95
Two under arrest; deputy sent to LRMC
Liberty Co sheriffs patch WEB

A Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy was attacked Tuesday afternoon on the northbound side of I-95.

The deputy, Chris Ashdown, was sent to Liberty Regional Medical Center with injuries. He was treated and has since been released, according to LCSO Chief Deputy Jon Long.

His attackers, a man and woman driving a car with Florida plates, are under arrest. Their identities were not released. 

Here’s what happened, according to LCSO Detective Mike Albritton:

Ashdown was dispatched to Interstate 95 shortly after 2 p.m. to assist two motorists who appeared to be stranded on the interstate. 

Albritton said when Ashdown located the couple on mile marker 72 he allowed the man use his cell phone to place a call.  Ashdown then offered to then take the couple to the next exit.

An unidentified Champs driver, one of the DOT workers who provide roadside help to stranded motorists, was there trying to help the couple. As they began to enter the patrol car the woman got into the back of the patrol car, the man who has not been identified, allegedly attacked Ashdown. 

The Champs driver saw the man attack Ashdown and tried to stop the attack when he was allegedly attacked by the female leading to a physical altercation between the group.

Liberty County 911 tried to contact Ashdown without any success and began to dispatch units to his last known location.  Ashdown was able to get the situation under control as backup law enforcement arrived.  

LCSO is investigating. More information is expected to be released Wednesday. 

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