‘Life hap­pens’ says driver in ditch when awak­ened by po­lice

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - Diane Wag­ner, staff writer

A Floyd County man po­lice re­port­edly found asleep in his truck with the en­gine run­ning was in jail Sun­day night with­out bond.

Ac­cord­ing to Rome Po­lice Depart­ment and Floyd County Jail records:

Joshua Keith Wil­liams, 33, of 19 Tril­lium Trail, was found in a Dodge Dakota pick-up just af­ter 3 a.m. Sun­day, in a ditch on Martha Berry High­way north of Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way. Of­fi­cers couldn’t wake him and fi­nally re­sorted to rock­ing the truck.

Wil­liams’ speech was slurred and there was a strong odor of al­co­hol com­ing from him. An open bot­tle of liquor was in the ve­hi­cle. Asked how he ended up in a ditch, he said, “life hap­pens.”

He was ini­tially ar­rested on mis­de­meanor charges of DUI, open con­tainer and driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with can­celed reg­is­tra­tion. How­ever, he be­came steadily more bel­liger­ent on the way to the jail.

Wil­liams threat­ened the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer sev­eral times in the pa­trol car and again at the jail, say­ing he would come af­ter the of­fi­cer and his fam­ily. He was ad­di­tion­ally charged with felony ter­ror­is­tic threats.

2 men charged with cut­ting each other’s faces

Two men who got into a fight in front of a child were in jail with­out bond Sun­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to Floyd County Jail and Rome Po­lice Depart­ment records:

Davadrion Lavail Daven­port, 35, of 208 Naomi Ceme­tery Road in Lafayette, and Des­mond Derell Jett, 40, of 210 E. 20th St. SW, are each fac­ing a felony charge of ag­gra­vated as­sault and mis­de­meanor cru­elty to a child in the third de­gree.

Jett is ac­cused of cut­ting Daven­port’s face with a box cut­ter. Daven­port is ac­cused of hit­ting Jett over the head with a liquor bot­tle. Both men re­quired stitches.

Po­lice were told con­flict­ing sto­ries by the men and by wit­nesses they said were likely bi­ased. They were un­able to de­ter­mine who was the pri­mary ag­gres­sor and both men were ar­rested.

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