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The following information is gleaned from incident reports, which are public record, from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and Gray Police Department May 13-23, 2020.

May 13

Sheriff’s deputy Hunt took a report from a woman who said she had received a call earlier that day from a man who gave the name of Henry Williams claiming to be a member of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department saying that a co-worker/friend had asked her to send $2,000 by PayPal card to him for bail on a DUI charge. The woman said she purchased four $500 cards and sent them to the caller, but she now believes it was a scam. Hunt told her it was a scam and provided a number for her to call to try to stop payment on the cards.

Sheriff’s deputy James was dispatched to Rock Creek Road at 9:17 p.m. concerning shots fired. A man reported that someone in a white SUV stopped at the corner of Rock Creek Road and Rock Creek Drive and shot four to five rounds, then headed south toward Gray Highway. He said someone in the same vehicle did the same thing in the middle of the day on April 21. James searched the area for shell casings but found none, and he also was unable to spot a vehicle matching the description.

Sheriff’s deputy James responded to Pecan Drive at 10:15 p.m. The complainant said a man in a white SUV with blue lights fl ashing stopped in his driveway and ordered him not to move and to have a woman that was inside the house come out. The woman went to the car and spoke to the man in the car, who then left. The woman said it was the man who lived next door. James spoke to the next door neighbor who said he did not have blue lights and it was not him. James then left to respond to another call but was instructed to return to speak to the original complainants again. They again said it was the neighbor. James spoke to the neighbor again who this time admitted he had been messing with his neighbors but he continued to deny having a blue light. He was warned about the penalty of impersonating an officer.

May 16

Sheriff’s deputy Little responded to a theft complaint on Country World Drive. The resident reported finding that a small trailer was missing from her property. She said a section of the chain link gate had been cut. She said the trailer was taken sometime after May 9.

Sheriff’s deputy Gunter responded to a complaint of shots being fired on Jones Mill Road at 1:51 p.m. He found a man firing a pistol in a safe direction at a target set up in his yard. He reported what he found to the complainant.

May 17

Sheriff’s deputy Carr was observing traffic on Ga. 49 at 2:18 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle with darkly tinted windows. Carr followed and attempted to stop the driver, who then sped up and made an abrupt turn onto Manson Road. Carr continued in pursuit onto Club Drive, Fairway Drive and Joseph Waller before slowing down due to the excessive speed in a neighborhood. As Carr searched the area, residents flagged him down and said the driver had turned onto Warpath and stopped at the deadend. Carr found a woman sitting in the passenger seat and ordered her out. She said the driver had fled into the woods on foot. Carr was able to determine his name from paperwork in the vehicle, finding he had a suspended license, and secured a warrant for felony fleeing against the man. He will also be cited for speeding, driving with a suspended license and a window tint violation.

May 18

Sheriff’s deputy Johnson responded to a traffi c accident on Ga. 49 at 11:35 a.m. He found a red pickup truck in the ditch against a mailbox. A passerby said she found the driver unresponsive and slumped against the passenger door. Johnson and rescue personnel got the door open and removed the man from the vehicle. Medical personnel arrived and determined it was a diabetic incident and administered an IV. The man awoke and was driven home by a friend.

Sheriff’s deputy Pruitt responded to a call about a horse walking along the road on Eatonton Highway at 5:18 p.m. The owner of a nearby horse farm came and said it was not her horse but took control of it until the owner could be found. The owner came with a trailer to secure the horse.

May 19

Sheriff’s deputy Dennis was dispatched to Monticello Highway near the county line at 5 a.m. concerning a traffic accident. He found a pickup truck in the ditch. It was damaged and undrivable, but no one was with the vehicle and there were no signs of an injured person being in the cab. The registered owner was from Monticello, but attempts to reach him were not successful. The vehicle had also not been reported stolen. Dennis called for a tow truck to remove the vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputy Walker was on patrol on Ga. 18 East at 10:10 a.m. when met a vehicle going in excess of 90 mph. Walker turned around to pursue. The fleeing driver did not stop and reached speeds of 112 mph, recklessly passing other vehicles on the wet road. The driver attempted to turn into a driveway but lost control and struck a tree headon. The driver jumped out and put his hands in the air. Walker arrested the man and placed him in his patrol car. When Walker approached the man’s vehicle, he detected a strong smell of marijuana and found marijuana and a handgun in the vehicle. The driver was charged with speeding, reckless driving, too fast for conditions, fleeing and attempting to elude, driving unlicensed and possession of marijuana.

Sheriff’s deputy Johnson responded to a theft complaint on Avalon Road at 5:17 p.m. The resident said he had discovered that two children’s 20-inch Huffy bicycles had been stolen from his yard sometime since 11:30 p.m. the previous day.

Sheriff’s deputy Puritt was dispatched to Peachtree Street in Haddock at 5:38 p.m. concerning a theft. The resident said someone had stolen a new 21-inch Husqvarna push mower from the back of his house sometime since 3 p.m. on May 16.

May 20

Sheriff’s deputy Miller took a report from a resident of Thurman Lane at 1:03 p.m. who said someone broke into her home, damaging the front doorknob, and stole two 70-inch televisions, two speakers and a number of tools, the items with a total value of more than $4,000. She did not have serial numbers or any paperwork on the stolen items.

Sheriff’s deputy Mason responded to Oak Valley Drive at 4:09 p.m. when someone reported hearing a man calling for help. Mason talked with a neighbor of the complainant and he said he had been calling for his wife to help him after his ladder fell, stranding him on top of his shop. He said his wife did not hear him and he fell as he tried to get down without the ladder but was not injured.

May 23

Sheriff’s deputy Mosteller was southbound on Gray Highway at 1:18 a.m. when he noticed that the taillights on the truck in front of him were very dim and that it appeared the headlights were not working. He followed as the driver turned onto the bypass and then onto Ga. 18 West and observed him weaving. Mosteller stopped the driver and detected the smell of alcohol. The driver failed sobriety tests and was arrested. He registered .113 on the state breath test and was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspended license.