Fleeing motorist nearly injures officers

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 7, 2016

Public Safety Reports

By Tyler H. Jones



A motorist who allegedly fled from a traffic check point nearly struck a group of police officers Saturday morning near the intersection of Dallis Street and Truitt Avenue.

No one was seriously injured in the incident.

According to a police report, one police officer’s hand was caught in the vehicle’s driver-side door and he had to “use his right hand to pull loose from the accelerating vehicle.”

As the motorist continued, several other police officers had to “move quickly out of the roadway to avoid being struck.” The driver continued north on Truitt Avenue toward South Greenwood Street. An officer pursued the motorist, and the chase ended at the intersection of Ashton and South Lewis streets.

Officers used a K9 to search for the suspect but were unable to locate any suspects. The officer whose hand was stuck in the driver-side door handle said the vehicle “brushed against his body and his body pack holder was torn from his duty belt.”

Student allegedly punched, robbed

A LaGrange High School student told police Friday someone punched him in the face and stole his wallet at school.

The student told police he was in gym class playing basketball when someone threw the punch and took his wallet, which contained a small amount of cash and personal identification cards.

An incident report lists a 15 year old as being arrested in the incident.

Man wanted on battery charges

A Ridgefield Circle man is wanted for battery under the Family Violence Act after he allegedly struck his wife Sunday.

The victim reported the incident after flagging down a police officer in a fast food restaurant parking lot. She said she’d been sleeping at her home earlier when her husband came in the room and grabbed her by her hair before he pulled her out of bed and began punching her in the face, a police report stated.

The officer noted the woman had injuries to her face. After the incident, the woman went to a friend’s house where she planned to spend the night, according to the police report.

Officers went to the couple’s Ridgefield Circle home to look for the husband, but were unable to locate him.

Bullet pierces glass door

A woman at Mallard Lake apartment complex at 110 Old Airport Road told police she thought someone tried to break into her home Saturday.

Once police arrived, an officer looked around the woman’s residence and found a bullet hole in a sliding glass door. The woman said she’s heard a sound “like a broom falling” outside the night before, but was unaware of where the sound came from.

Four people were inside the apartment when the shot was fired — two of them juveniles — but no one was injured. The bullet was collected as evidence and the woman was given a victims’ rights pamphlet.

Teen arrested on gun charge

A 17 year old was arrested Friday on charges of weapons and drug possession, obstruction and attempting to flee from police.

The arresting office initially approached the 17 year old and another person after he suspected they were smoking marijuana in the 500 block of Daniel Street. The officer patted the teen down for weapons and the teen initially pulled away from the officer. The teen was handcuffed and the officer later allegedly found a handgun on him. The teen also later allegedly admitted he’d been smoking marijuana.

He was arrested and taken to the Troup County Jail for booking.

Drug arrests

• A 21-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl were arrested Sunday in the 100 block of Celebration Boulevard on charges of possession of marijuana and a schedule IV controlled substance, believed to be Xanax prescription medication. The two were arrested and taken to the Troup County Jail for booking.

• A 21-year-old man was arrested near the intersection of Hammett Road and Barnard Avenue on Sunday on charges of marijuana possession, failure to maintain insurance and expired vehicle registration.

Burglaries and thefts

• A 65-inch flat screen TV was reported stolen Friday from West Georgia Technical College, 303 Fort Drive. It was valued at $900.

• A handgun, a mobile phone and cash were reported stolen Friday from residence in the 1200 block of Troup Street. The total value of the stolen items was estimated to be more than $1,000.

• A 30-inch flat screen TV, a wireless speaker, a mobile phone, a large container of change and a propane cylinder were reported stolen Sunday from a residence in the 300 block of Northwoods Drive. The total value of the items was estimated at $570.

• Someone attempted to break into a rental car parked at a hotel on Hoffman Drive on Friday and caused damage to the vehicle’s door handle. No items were reported stolen and the would-be thief was unable to break into the car.

• Someone broke into a vehicle parked at a business in the 1300 block of Hogansville Road on Sunday and stole a money order valued at $950.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies.

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