Ga. officers: Pilot tried to hit them with plane

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2009 11:17 PM

Police say a pilot tried to hit officers with his plane at a small Georgia airport.

Authorities say Dan Wayne Gryder was jailed Wednesday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Griffin police investigator Bryan Clanton tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the 48-year-old Gryder was driving his car across the runway at Griffin-Spalding Airport. Officers tried to issue him tickets, but he boarded the small plane without signing.

Police say he threatened to strike officers with the plane. Police say deputies flooded the area and ordered him to stop but he continued to taxi.

Sgt. John Hayes says Gryder attempted to fly away but didn't have enough fuel and was arrested. The jail said Gryder did not have a lawyer. Griffin is about 40 miles southeast of Atlanta.