Police make three arrests after wreck
Police arrested three people Dec. 9 for an early December wreck in which the driver who caused the accident fled on foot.
Justin David Snead, 27, of Grovetown, was charged with driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, hit and run, driving with no insurance, driving with a suspended license and making false statements, said Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Matt Parham. Snead went to his mother's house in Harlem after the wreck and hid from police, he said.
Snead was driving a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass east on Washington Road near Woodbridge Drive on Dec. 5 when he tried to brake after traffic was stopped ahead. He crossed the center lane and struck an Advanced Disposal Services tractor-trailer.
When police first spoke to Snead's mother, Bonnie General, 53, she said her son wasn't inside her home. She was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, Parham said.
Amanda Skeens, 24, of Grovetown, had told police that the car had broken down on Washington Road and she had left the keys in the car, requesting police to run a stolen vehicle report, Parham said. She was charged with false report of a crime and making a false statement.
Snead was released Dec. 10 after posting $8,100 bond. General was released on a $1,600 bond Dec. 9. Skeens also was released Dec. 9 on a $3,700 bond.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man injured while stopping break-in
A Martinez man sustained minor injuries Monday after he tried to stop a man he believed was breaking into his vehicle.
The 47-year-old told police that he saw a man lean into the driver's side window of his 2004 Chevrolet truck and tried to stop him.
The man then ran to his blue Ford Focus and started to drive off.
He tried to grab the man's arm and was dragged about 15 yards before falling and injuring his right elbow, left forearm and left knee.
The suspect drove away. He was described as black, about 6 feet tall, weighing between 250 and 300 pounds and in his 20s.
E-mail death threat scam reported
A Martinez man called police Monday after receiving a threatening e-mail believed to be part of a scam.
The 80-year-old said that the he received an e-mail at 11 a.m. from someone purporting to be a professional assassin who was hired to kill him. The writer of the e-mail said that if the man paid half of the fee amount, then he would not be killed.
The message required a response within three days.
Police said those types of messages are scams and fairly common.
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