Road rage fight sends victim to hospital
by Wes Mayer
A man was charged with aggravated battery following a road rage incident that sent another man to the hospital Sunday.
Around 6:09 p.m., Coweta 911 was called in reference to a fight in progress on the 4800-block of East Highway 16, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded and made contact with the man, who turned out to be the aggressor, Michael Brandon Garrett, 33, farther down the road. Deputies found Garrett had blood on his clothing, Yarbrough said.
They were also able to meet with the victims, a family of three. According to Yarbrough, the family – father, mother and child – was traveling on Highway 16 when the vehicle in front of them abruptly turned off the road. The father who was driving had to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision, and the driver behind them, Garrett, had to do so as well.
This apparently made Garrett angry because, shortly after this, he drove around the family and slammed on his brakes, making both vehicles come to a stop, Yarbrough said. Garrett then jumped out of his vehicle walked back to the family’s car and began to argue with the father. The fight became physical, and Garrett ended up punching the father – breaking his jaw.
Yarbrough said authorities were able to meet with a couple of witnesses who were driving by, saw the altercation and could confirm Garrett was the aggressor. Garrett was charged with aggravated battery with hands, feet or fists, reckless driving and child cruelty for fighting in front of a child. Garrett was transported to the Coweta County Jail.
The victim was transported to Atlanta Medical Center to treat his broken jaw, Yarbrough said.