Crime Wrap Lo­cal man in­jured in hit and run

Vic­tim air­lifted to At­lanta Med­i­cal Cen­ter Wed­nes­day

The Covington News - - CRIME & COURTS - By Tyler Smith

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.

Bad medicine

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.

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