Man arrested for man-handling girlfriend
Officers arrested a 34year-old man for allegedly man-handling his girlfriend Friday night.
Covington Police officers were called to the area of Covington ByPass and U.S. Highway 278 just before 10 p.m. after a female called and told them she had been in a fight with Daniel Ray Miller. The victim told officers that she had been waiting for Miller, who was her boyfriend, to pick her up from work and when he didn’t show up, she caught a ride to a coworker’s home.
After she arrived at the co-worker’s home, Miller reportedly called her and told her he was on his way to pick her up. When he arrived and she got into the vehicle with him, he immediately began an argument, according to the victim. When she told him to let her out, he refused. The victim told officers that she tried to jump out of the vehicle and Miller grabbed the back of her shirt so she couldn’t’ and continued driving.
According to reports, Miller parked his vehicle on Floyd Street and Newton Drive and she was able to escape. She began running back towards U.S. Highway 278 with Miller in pursuit.
The victim told officers that Miller caught up to her and “placed her in a bear hug and it was hard for her to breathe. Mr. Miller then stated that he would squeeze her until she passed out and drag her back to the vehicle.”
Although Miller reportedly told her to stop “before she got him into trouble,” the victim began screaming for help. She was able to get into a vehicle with a co-worker and call 911.
Miller was picked up at his home by deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act.
Man arrested for running illegal taxi service
Police busted a man running an illegal taxi service early Saturday morning, after receiving several tips from witnesses.
Covington Police officers were watching the area of The Depot Bar and Grill after getting information that 25-yearold Dustin Adam Hatcher was charging for rides. They spotted the vehicle described as Hatcher’s and attempted to follow it, but Hatcher reportedly made “several elusive maneuvers,” trying to loose the patrol car.
However, officers were eventually able to watch as Hatcher let a man out of his vehicle in front of the bar and speak to a group istanding there before letting three females and a male into his SUV and leaving the bar once more. Officers attempted to follow him again but he pulled into the QuickTrip and parked. After several minutes he pulled out again, crossed Emory Street and stopped at Checkers. Officers finally stopped Hatcher on Turner Lake Road next to Zaxby’s.
Tipsters had told officers that Hatcher instructed his passengers to tell authorities that they were all friends and he was giving them a ride home, should he ever be stopped. So officers had all passengers get out of the SUV before questioning anyone.
Three of the four passengers stuck with the cover story. But one woman told officers that Hatcher was charging them $20 for a ride home as taxi fare.
When officers confronted Hatcher he reportedly admitted to running a taxi service without a license and charging $20 for a ride home. He was arrested and charged with certificate of public convenience and necessity required and transported to the Newton County Detention Center.