Man ar­rested for man-han­dling girl­friend

The Covington News - - Local News - Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­news.com

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.

MILLER

HATCHER

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