Man damages patrol car during his arrest
A Grovetown man was arrested last week and charged with damaging two patrol cars and threatening police officers.
Hilliard Charles Murphy, 42, of the 100 block of Fiske Street, was charged with public drunkenness, six counts of obstruction of law enforcement officers, two counts of interfering with government property, and two counts of terroristic threats and acts.
He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $42,600 bond, according to jail records.
Police responded to the home of Murphy's neighbor about 2:40 p.m. Dec. 15 after a complaint about trouble with a subject, according to a Grovetown Department of Public Safety incident report. When the officer arrived, Murphy approached and yelled at the deputy, refused to go back home and cursed at the officer, according to the report.
Because Murphy registered 0.29 on the alcohol breath test, yelled profanity and was standing in the road, the officer took him into custody for public drunkenness and put him into the back of a patrol car, according to the report.
The handcuffed Murphy kicked the side window with both feet, knocking it out of the frame. He stopped when told to, but resumed kicking and refused to stop after more police arrived. After being doused with pepper spray, Murphy shattered the window, the report said.
Murphy kicked officers as they placed him in leg irons and kicked and head-butted them as they moved him to another patrol vehicle. He kicked and damaged the door panel in the second patrol car, so his legs were tied down, the report stated. During the incident, Murphy threatened to kill Chief Al Robinson and another officer when he got out of jail.
Man charged with threatening girls
A Grovetown man was arrested Dec. 15 on charges that he went to Evans High School to speak with a student concerning the whereabouts of their child and was found carrying a knife.
Mario Alberto Garces, 22, of the 600 block of South Old Belair Road, was charged with stalking, criminal trespassing and carrying a weapon in a school safety zone, according to jail records.
On Dec. 14, the records state, Garces tried contacting two teens who knew the 17-year-old Evans High student in an effort to speak with the student about her and Garces' daughter.
Both teens said Garces called them more than 40 times each that night. Garces told one of the girls he would have her put in jail and then commit suicide if she did not tell him where his daughter was, the records state.
Garces told the other girl that if the mother of his child did not contact him, he would go to Evans High and do something to her that would make him go to jail.
Garces acknowledged he spoke to both girls and carried a knife which had a 4-inch blade in his back pocket. He also left a note for the 17-year-old with the secretary.
Garces remained at the Columbia County Detention Center Friday afternoon with no bond.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Woman asleep in her car is arrested
An Augusta woman was arrested after police found her slumped over in the driver's seat of her car.
Amanda Gail Briggs, 31, of the 2100 block of Bayvale Road, was charged with public drunkenness. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Dec. 17 after posting a $500 bond, according to jail records.
A deputy found Briggs about 2:30 a.m. in the parking lot of White House Cleaners at 4465 Columbia Road in Martinez. The engine was not running and the keys were not in the ignition.
The deputy smelled alcohol on Briggs. When she regained consciousness, she was unsure of where she was, how long she'd been there and said she was around the corner from her house off Gordon Highway.
Briggs was incoherent and registered 0.324 on the breath alcohol sensor. She had to be asked for her driver's license several times and could not maintain her balance.
Woman reports 2 instances of fraud
An Evans woman told police Dec. 17 that someone had filed two tax returns using her mother's information.
She has power of attorney for her 74-year-old mother. While reviewing her mother's financial records, she discovered that someone had submitted 2005 and 2006 federal tax returns using the older woman's identity.
The woman said the tax refunds were mailed to a Dalton, Ga., address.
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