The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man arrested for throwing drink cup out
of moving car
A Martinez man was arrested Tuesday after he threw a drink cup out of a moving vehicle and hitting another car.
Tyler William Davitte, 24, Cutter Mill Road, was charged with reckless conduct.
A woman said her son was driving her and several family members in her Nissan Murano on Oakley Pirkle Road at about 8:40 p.m. As a red Jeep Patriot approached in the opposite direction, the woman said she saw a passenger, later identified as Davitte, stand and lean out of the Jeep’s sunroof. The woman said she saw Davitte throw something at her vehicle. It hit the left side by an open window. An orange liquid sprayed onto a backseat passenger and the back seat. The impact, the woman said, was so loud that she thought someone had shot at them.
The woman told her son to follow the Jeep while she called 911 and kept dispatchers updated on their location. Deputies caught up with the Jeep on Hereford Farm Road near Gibbs Road and the driver of the Jeep made a sharp left onto Rachel Drive without a turn signal.
The driver of the Jeep said he was driving erratically because someone was following him. When asked if anything was thrown from the vehicle, the driver said he might have dropped a soda cup out of the window. Davitte was in the front passenger seat and a third man was in the back seat.
The deputy saw scratches on the Nissan’s paint and an orange liquid all over the backseat and the backseat passenger’s coat. He also found liquid trailing from the Jeep’s sunroof and a smeared handprint on the roof.
Davitte matched the woman’s description of the person who threw the cup at her vehicle. After deputies separated the men, the driver and backseat passenger told the deputy that Davitte threw a Styrofoam cup of soda out of the sunroof. Davitte initially denied it and repeatedly said he didn’t want to get in trouble. He then admitted throwing a “Thirstbuster” cup from the sunroof.
Davitte was charged with reckless conduct and released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $1,600 bond, according to jail personnel.
Davitte is one of three men who pled guilty to false imprisonment in November 2011 in connection to the 2010 sexual assault of an 18-year-old girl at a Martinez party. A fourth men pled guilty to unlawful surveillance for videotaping the incident. Davitte was sentenced to a year in jail and four years on probation.
Fired employee threatens to shoot up hotel
An Augusta teen fired from a Columbia County hotel was arrested Monday after he threatened to return with a gun.
Austin Duncan, 19, of Logans Way in Augusta, was charged with making terroristic threats or acts.
A supervisor at the Holiday Inn on Park West Drive called authorities Monday after Duncan, who had just been fired, threatened to return with a gun and “shoot up” the place. The supervisor said he’d been informed by the cleaning staff that Duncan was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana on the job. He was fired after an internal investigation.
As Duncan was clocking out, he saw two women on the cleaning staff. Duncan told the women they should have kept their mouths shut, made the shape of a gun with his hand and said he would return with a gun.
Duncan was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $5,100 bond, according to jailers.
The principal of Evans Elementary School called authorities Monday after discovering vandalism on the school playground.
She said that over the Christmas break, someone wrote profanity on the playground equipment at the school on Gibbs Road. There also was a black mark and hole on a slide where it appeared someone tried to burn it.