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Emergency services respond Monday at Wilson and Newcomb streets in Northwest Decatur after a vehicle backed into an officer's motorcycle, causing minor injuries. [DAN BUSEY/DECATUR DAILY]

A Madison County man faces an attempted murder charge after being accused of backing a pickup truck into a Decatur police officer’s motorcycle, injuring the lawman and fleeing Monday.

Gary Bruce Locke, 45, of Toney, was taken into custody in Athens after a multi-agency pursuit that followed the accident, Decatur police spokeswoman Emily Long said. Locke was taken to Morgan County Jail and held on $100,000 bail.

Traffic officer Robbie Willis was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries, including to his nose, but is expected to make a full recovery, Long said.

Willis made a traffic stop on an older-model Ford F-150 around 2 p.m. at Newcomb Street and Alabama 20/Wilson Street Northwest for failure to yield and speeding, Long said.

After stopping, Locke, put the F-150 into reverse, hit Willis' motorcycle and fled in the pickup, she said.

bayne.hughes@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2432. Twitter @DD_BayneHughes.

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