Vehicle strikes woman, driver still at large
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One man is still at large after allegedly striking a woman with his vehicle, while another was arrested for allegedly throwing a log at the suspect.

Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m., a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a Smiley Ingram Road residence. Once on scene he found emergency medical services putting the victim on a stretcher and into the ambulance. According to the incident report, the victim appeared to have lacerations and bruising on her leg. The deputy noted her foot was bleeding as well.

The deputy then spoke with two witnesses who stated the victim had been in an argument with the suspect, Cody Woodall. The first witness said Woodall had arrived at the house and then began cussing, yelling and threatening the victim. At one point, the first witness said, the victim was standing behind the Scion TC Woodall was driving. The witness said Woodall struck the victim when he backed up. When Woodall drove away, the witness continued, he drove up and down the road and nearly hit two other pedestrians. One of the pedestrians was Joshua Amos. The witness also said the Scion’s passenger-side window was broken out, but she did not know why.

The second witness also said the victim was arguing with Woodall, adding that Woodall allegedly threatened the victim with physical violence. When Woodall got into the vehicle, the witness said she yelled at Woodall and told him the victim was behind him. According to the witness, Woodall allegedly looked at her, smiled and pressed the gas and backed into the victim.

While the deputy took statements, the Scion returned to the scene. The vehicle’s owner said Woodall came to her after the incident. She said the window was broken out when someone threw a block of wood at it. Woodall reportedly returned the vehicle to her and left the area on foot. The owner believed the vehicle’s damage amounted to $3,000.

The deputy then spoke with Amos, who said he saw the victim laying on the ground after Woodall allegedly struck her with the vehicle. Amos continued, telling that Woodall allegedly swerved to hit him as he went to help the victim. Amos then said he picked up a wooden log from the side of the road and threw it at Woodall.

According to the report, the deputy found the log Amos used to damage the vehicle. He also noted the door mirror had been taken off.

Based on the log’s placement in the road and Amos’ statement, the deputy concluded the log was used offensively rather than defensively, which endangered Woodall’s life.

Amos was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property. He was then transported to Bartow County Jail by another deputy.

The reporting deputy was unable to get a statement from the victim, as she was immediately transported to a hospital due to her injuries. According to the report, the deputy later contacted the hospital and was told the victim’s injuries were only external and involved a severe case of road rash.

Four warrants were secured for Woodall: two counts of aggravated assault, criminal trespass and battery.

Abandoned vehicle blaze extinguished

An abandoned vehicle on Red Top Drive was red-hot early Wednesday morning.

According to the BCSO incident report, the Bartow County Fire Department was already on scene and in the process of extinguishing the fire when the deputy arrived. After running the Chevrolet C-10’s VIN and tag through the system, the deputy attempted to locate the owner. However, the owner could not be found or contacted. The truck was later towed from the scene and listed as abandoned.

Homeless man found during garage fire

While working a garage fire on Euharlee Road Tuesday night, BCFD found a homeless man living at the vacated residence.

Once a BCSO deputy arrived on scene, the man said he was, in fact, homeless. However, he said the property owner had given him permission to visit the property and enter the garage whenever he wanted to.

The deputy contacted the property owner, who said she did not know the man and she had not given anyone permission to be on the property. The property owner said she did not want to press charges. She said she wanted the man to leave.

According to the report, the man left without further incident.