The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports:
Driver charged in I-20 wreck
A Jackson, Ga., man was arrested Monday morning after a wreck on Interstate 20 that seriously injured a father and daughter.
Mustafa Mujahiduddeen Aquil, 31, of North Mulberry Street, was charged with two counts of serious injury by vehicle, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, hit and run, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
At about 1 a.m., someone called 911 to report a reckless driver in a dark-colored minivan headed east on I-20 between the Harlem and Grovetown exits. Deputies spotted the minivan at the Belair Road exit traveling well above the speed limit and attempted to catch up to him, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Major Rick Whitaker. As deputies approached the Wheeler Road exit, they saw smoke and a Ford Explorer flipping over several times.
Authorities believe Aquil hit the back of a trailer being towed behind the Explorer. All eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed because of a large amount of debris from the wreck.
The driver of the Explorer, Timothy Moore, 59, and his daughter, 15-year-old Rachael Moore, both of Buckhead, Ga., were seriously injured.
Authorities ran the tag number of the minivan, which belonged to Aquil’s mother. He was contacted at his home and asked to come in for an interview Monday morning. After the interview, he was arrested. Aquil is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to Whitaker.
Men pose as officers in theft
A Martinez woman said Sunday that men who stole items from her car also knocked on her front door posing as police officers.
The 36-year-old woman said that at about 4 a.m., someone went into her vehicle parked in the driveway of her Autumn Leaf Way home, and stole two prescription medications, a mobile credit card reader and $30 cash.
The men then knocked on her front door, identified themselves as police officers and instructed her to open the door. The woman did not open the door and she doesn’t know why her vehicle and home were targeted.
A deputy found the doors to the woman’s vehicle open and the vehicle appeared to have been gone through. The woman also said several items were moved on her front porch.
A decorative wreath was removed from the front door and placed upside down at the base of the porch steps.
A BB rifle was removed from its plastic case on the front porch and was found on the side of the house with a container of BBs. The gun case was found next to the mailbox.
Man gets threatening text messages
A Harlem man called authorities Sunday after receiving threatening text messages from someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer.
The 20-year-old said he began receiving text messages from someone he doesn’t know at about 2 p.m. When the man questioned the sender, the person identified himself as “Jordan.” The man exchanged messages with the sender for several hours and some messages were threatening.
In some messages, the sender identified himself as a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy, called the man names and told the man to watch his back. The sender, who repeatedly said he was a police officer, threatened the man with bodily injury and threatened to shoot him.
‘Hotel security’ asks for personal information
A man said someone claiming to be a hotel security guard called his room asking for his personal information.
A 22-year-old man said that just before midnight on Saturday, someone called his room at the Red Roof Inn on Belair Frontage Road.
The caller claimed to be a hotel security employee and had all of the man’s personal information.
When the caller asked for the man’s Social Security number, the man said he hung up and called the front desk. The front desk clerk said the hotel doesn’t have security personnel.
The man said he also found three money transfers, totaling $399.85 from his bank account to another bank.