Grovetown man killed in Bobby Jones wreck
A Grovetown man was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a tractor-trailer carrying diesel fuel Friday on Bobby Jones Expressway.
Taylor Durrence, 19, was exiting Deans Bridge Road southbound onto Bobby Jones Expressway at about 10 a.m. when he lost control of his Nissan Frontier on the ramp, crossed the center median of Bobby Jones and hit the eastbound tractor-trailer head-on, Richmond County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said.
Speed appeared to be a contributing factor, said Gay, adding that the ground also was wet from a rain shower. Several witnesses said Durrence was traveling at high speed, he said.
The diesel fuel tank ruptured, spilling a “significant amount” of fuel, Gay said.
Deputy Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said Durrence was killed instantly.
Another vehicle traveling eastbound on Bobby Jones Expressway crashed while trying to avoid the accident, but no one in the vehicle was injured, Gay said. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured, but was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for evaluation.
Durrence was a graduate of Harlem High School and a student at Augusta Tech. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Appling.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Arrested woman accuses trooper
of sexual assault
A Grovetown woman arrested Friday night for driving under the influence, obstruction, speeding and open container accused a state trooper of sexual assault.
At about 11 p.m., the woman told the booking deputies at the Columbia County Detention Center that the trooper ran his hand up her shorts onto her buttocks.
The case was turned over to the sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Division and remains under investigation, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
Man resists arrest by barricading bathroom
A man barricaded himself in his bathroom and resisted arrest Friday night as authorities were responding to a domestic dispute at a Harlem residence.
At about 8:30 p.m., a deputy got to the house at the 1600 block of Swint Road, where he talked to a man who said his son was very intoxicated and had been punching holes in the wall as well as damaging items in the house.
The man’s son had also poured beer on the carpet in the house.
The deputy arrested the man’s son for criminal trespass and took him to the patrol car. The man told him he needed to use the restroom, and the deputy believed he had started to defecate as he was being escorted.
The man was taken back inside the home to use the restroom. The deputy took off the man’s handcuffs, but made him leave the door open as he used the bathroom.
After he was finished, the man stood up to wash his hands before forcing the door closed and sitting against it.
He then broke the bathroom mirror and began cutting his neck with the broken pieces of glass. Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue came to the house and provided a crowbar that opened the door.
The man resisted arrest by fighting with deputies, and they used pepper spray to subdue him.
The man was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Man is sought after fleeing from deputy
A man sped away from authorities Sunday night after he was stopped for not having proper registration or insurance on his vehicle.
A deputy saw a black Dodge Charger on Washington Road and checked the vehicle’s registration, which was suspended. The vehicle also didn’t have valid insurance.
The deputy talked to the driver as he was parked in the Mullins Crossing shopping center and told him about the issue.
The man started to look through his wallet to provide identification and then drove off at high speed.
The officer attempted to follow the vehicle but lost it on Owens Road.
The driver faces charges that include obstruction, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, no proof of insurance and driving with suspended registration.
Teens cited for alcohol possession by minors
Three people pulled over by law enforcement early Saturday were issued citations for minors in possession.
A deputy pulled over the 18-year-old driver of a 2003 Cadillac Deville at about 1:30 a.m. at Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Wrightsboro Road for diving without a license plate tag light.
The driver, Chance Welker, of Martinez, allowed the deputy to search the vehicle. The deputy found an open can of Budweiser in the car, and the boys admitted to drinking alcohol at a party earlier in the night.
They were all issued minor in possession citations. Welker, who registered a .059 on the alco-sensor, also was cited with an open container violation.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for July 8-14:
Medical calls, 22; investigations, nine; wood/brush/grass fires, nine; activated fire alarms, 14; vehicle wrecks, five; structure fires, three; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; electrical incidents, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; assist citizens, three; tests, two; alarm out of service, six; and vehicle fire, one.