A former Hammond city councilman was arrested Tuesday after police say he ran over his wife with his car.

Hammond Police Chief Roddy Devall said former city councilman Willie Grant Jackson is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and did not remember the incident when Devall visited him in the city jail to ask what happened.

The 76-year-old Jackson had crashed his car in a ditch in front of his home Monday and was getting in the vehicle Tuesday morning when his wife tried to stop him, Devall said.

“I don’t know whether she was standing in front of the car or behind it or what, but he gassed the car and ran over her,” Devall said.

Jackson’s wife, who was still under the car when police arrived, is believed to have suffered a bruised or broken shoulder and several lacerations, Devall said. Her injuries are not life-threatening, the police chief said.

“I talked to him personally because he’s been a good friend of mine over the years, and he doesn’t even know what happened,” Devall said. “It’s not like he’s a criminal. It’s just a sad fact of life.”

Devall said he spoke with the District Attorney’s Office in deciding to book Jackson on a count of aggravated second-degree battery, but he doubts the family will want to prosecute.

Jackson was transferred to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite, then taken to a hospital for an evaluation, a booking deputy said Tuesday evening.

Jackson served as District 3 councilman from 2003 to 2010.