Driver airlifted following single-vehicle crash

A man was airlifted to Grady Hospital on Friday morning following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 north near mile marker 280. His identity has not yet been confirmed.

“According to the preliminary investigation and witness statements, a male, driving a silver Jeep Cherokee, lost control of the vehicle while traveling northbound on I-75, and struck the inside median guardrail,” the Georgia State Patrol reported in an emailed statement. “After impact, the vehicle overturned in the median and the male was ejected from the vehicle.”

Due to injuries, he was airlifted to Grady Hospital.

GPS said speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

Man caught after fleeing deputy at Wal-Mart
A man a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was told had a warrant through Wal-Mart was caught fleeing the deputy Thursday night.

According to the report, the deputy had been advised that David Clevenger possibly had a warrant for shoplifting. While patrolling in the area of Wal-Mart Thursday night just before 10 p.m., the deputy spotted Clevenger walking along the sidewalk in front of the retailer.

The deputy followed Clevenger, who reportedly picked up his pace when he saw the deputy. After Clevenger crossed State Route 20, the deputy activated his emergency equipment to stop the man. Instead, Clevenger ran toward the portion of SR 20 under construction.

“I drove up beside David and rolled down my window and advised him to stop and get on the ground or he would be tased,” the report states. “Upon hearing this, he ran down the embankment back toward Highway 20.”

The deputy exited his vehicle and followed Clevenger, finding the backpack the man had been carrying. Although he did not see Clevenger, the deputy held his position “due to being able to see the entire field and knowing that if he attempted to exit it I would be able to see him.”

When backup arrived, the deputy walked down the embankment and found Clevenger lying in the grass. Deputies were able to take the man into custody.

Inside the backpack was a glass smoking device commonly used for illegal drug use and two cold beers.

Wal-Mart said they did not have a warrant but would check cameras to see if Clevenger had shoplifted the alcohol.

Clevenger was arrested and charged with obstruction of an officer.


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