Crime Wrap Local man injured in hit and run
Victim airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center Wednesday
A Covington man was arrested earlier this week after hitting an acquaintance with his car and then leaving the scene.
Wednesday night, a man called 911 after his friend was struck by a car. The man told Covington Police Officer Brad Verzinskie that he and his 21- year- old friend had been walking on the side of County Road 213 when they saw a silver 2003 Ford Mustang drive past headed east.
The witness was walking on the eastbound side of the road and his friend was walking on the westbound shoulder. The car returned a few minutes later and hit the friend head on.
The witness said the driver, later identified as Derek Creel, hit the brakes when he struck the victim but never stopped. Creel then reportedly fled the scene.
The victim was severely injured and had to be airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition, said NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson.
Deputies received a detailed description of the car from the witness. Both the deputies and the witness were familiar with the suspect.
An investigator traveled to Creel’s house, but he was reportedly not at home. Deputies tried back around 10 a. m. and arrested Creel.
Watterson said there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use by the suspect.
Creel was transported to the Newton County Deten- tion Center and charged with failure to stop for an accident with injuries and leaving the scene of a crime.
A woman and her child were reportedly attacked Wednesday by an intoxicated man after she denied the man prescription drugs.
According to reports, Austin Ergle, 22, entered the victim’s apartment on Leafstone Drive and asked for some prescription medication. When the victim said she did not have any, Ergle reportedly threw the empty pill bottle at her and walked into the living room.
Once inside the living room, Ergle reportedly pushed the victim’s 4- yearold son into a plastic “ baby gate.” The child hit the corner of the gate with his face, which gave him a black eye.
The victim later ran into Ergle that evening at the basketball courts while she was walking her dog. She asked Ergle why he had acted the way he had. Ergle responded by slapping the victim in the face and grabbing her by the jaw.
The slap left a mark on the victim’s face, reported Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Steven Ledford.
Once the deputy was on scene, he quickly located Ergle next to a garage near the basketball court. Ledford reportedly noticed Ergle was very intoxicated.
Ergle reportedly told the deputy that he had been at the bar 5 O’Clock Somewhere drinking with his friends and that he did not even know the victim. He was then placed under arrest.
As he was entering the patrol car, Ergle admitted that he had been at the victim’s apartment but denied having done anything wrong.
Ergle was transported to the Newton County Detention Center and charged with battery and cruelty towards children in the first degree.