April 19: Simple battery, cruelty to animals — A deputy went to investigate a domestic dispute in Midway and found two people seriously impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. There were no signs of violence, but a woman claimed a man grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her and threw her dog against a wall. Both were advised of the family violence act and warrant procedures.
Tampering with evidence – felony — A deputy stopped a driver who had a warrant for his arrest for the sale of cocaine. The driver told the deputy he needed to call his girlfriend. When the deputy told him to get off the phone, the driver broke the phone, exited his vehicle and was handcuffed. The deputy searched the driver’s pockets and found a large amount of cash, which, along with the driver’s ID, was sealed in an evidence bag. The broken phone and another phone found in the car also were taken as evidence. The vehicle was towed, and the driver was taken to jail.
Criminal attempt to commit a felony, aggravated assault — Deputies were dispatched to Liberty Regional Medical Center to interview a man who said a car had followed him as he drove to his friend’s house in Midway. When he got to his friend’s house and got out of his car, he said he was hit from behind with an unknown object and fell to the ground, where he was hit repeatedly. The assailant, who the victim said he knew only by a nickname, reportedly commanded the victim to give up his money. The victim said he didn’t have any money and when the assailant was unable to find any, he left the victim lying in the road. The victim was able to call his cousin-in-law for help during the assault, and she reportedly heard the assailant demand money and threaten the victim’s life. The cousin-in-law showed the victim a photo of someone who she thought might be the assailant. The victim confirmed the man in the photo was the same man who he thought had assaulted him.
DUI, driving without a valid license — A deputy on patrol pulled up at a stop sign beside a man on an ATV and noticed the ATV driver’s eyes were bloodshot. He asked the ATV driver to pull over and requested his license. The driver said he had no Georgia ID. The man’s speech was slurred and he was unstable. The deputy put the ATV driver in his patrol car and turned to find another man approaching him. The man claimed the ATV belonged to him and produced paperwork confirming ownership. The deputy told the ATV owner to remove the vehicle from the area on a trailer. The ATV driver was taken to jail for testing and booking. His blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit, so citations for DUI and driving while unlicensed were issued.
Criminal trespass — Deputies responded to a call in Midway and found a man who was highly agitated because, he claimed, another resident came onto his property against his wishes. The complainant said he’d warned the other resident previously not to come on his property. Statements obtained indicated the two men had some unresolved financial dealings. The resident was again told he was not welcome on the complainant’s land, and a report was filed.