ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens Police Officer not only had to break down the door to save a woman from a brutal beating attack, but also had helm the ambulance that would take her to the hospital.

It was around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 6 when the officer responded to an aggravated assault in progress at a home off Lexington Road. When the officer got there, he could hear a struggle from inside. Dispatchers relayed that a 46-year-old woman was being attacked. 

"He's got a baseball bat," dispatch warned. 

Out of a sense of urgency, the officer forced his way inside and found both the suspect and victim. The officer detained 51-year-old Christopher Warden and immediately began to attend to the victim.

The officer forced open the back door to allow EMS to get inside faster. They immediately began helping the victim, but soon realized she needed much more intensive help and had to be transported right away. 

The officer helped load the victim into the ambulance, then hopped in the driver's seat to allow EMS crews to continue life-saving care.

Meanwhile, Athens Police charged Warden with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.