Rolling domestic leads to DUI arrest
by Jessica Loeding
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Staff Report

A domestic dispute about 6 p.m. Wednesday reportedly taking place in a vehicle ended in the arrest on the driver.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office report, after a motorist reported a physical domestic dispute taking place in a vehicle on Highway 411 toward Highway 41, the deputy stopped the Dodge Durango at Cartersville Medical Center. When the vehicle stopped, the driver exited, ignoring commands to get back inside the SUV.

Because the driver, identified as Terrance Howard, refused to comply, the deputy asked Howard to step to his vehicle while awaiting backup. The deputy reported Howard smelled of alcohol and had scratches on his ear and hand, and his shirt was stretched at the collar.

The deputy spoke with the visibly upset female passenger who said Howard had picked her up at work and the pair began arguing. She said Howard began speeding toward Cartersville, weaving in and out of traffic. According to the report, the woman said when the vehicle approached Cartersville, Howard stopped the SUV and attempted to push her out. She said she screamed and grabbed onto Howard to keep him from pushing her out.

At that point, the woman told police, she crawled into the back seat to get away from Howard. She said her shirt was torn in the altercation and she thought she scratched Howard as well.

According to the report, Howard was irate and stated there was no physical altercation. Because of his agitation, an alcohol test was performed at the jail, returning positive on two assessments.

He was arrested and charged with criminal trespass under the Family Violence Act, driving under the influence, driving while license withdrawn, no insurance, battery (FVA) and expired or no registration or title.

Brother sought for burglary

A River Birch resident told deputies she wanted to press charges after her brother entered her home after repeated requests not to return.

According to the BCSO report, a neighbor met deputies at the home about 9 a.m. Wednesday, saying the trespasser — identified as the homeowner’s brother — was still inside. The deputy observed the man come onto the back deck, ignore commands to stop and flee on foot. The deputy was unable to locate the man.

The neighbor said the homeowner had instructed witnesses to call police if her brother showed up at the home. The homeowner originally told police she did not wish to prosecute but later changed her mind.

She said she had told the suspect several times not to return but he kept showing up while she was gone.

Pictures of the bike the man was reportedly riding were taken and the deputy secured a warrant for burglary under the Family Violence Act.

Put it in park

A pickup was pulled from Lake Allatoona Wednesday after the driver failed to put it in park.

The Department of Natural Resources and BCSO responded about 2 p.m. to the Bethany Bridge boat ramp after a woman said she was pulling out the truck and boat trailer when her husband said something from the boat, which was still in the water.

According to the report, the woman exited the truck to hear what was being said but did not turn off the truck, which said she “was probably not put in to park.”

The truck and trailer were towed from the scene.