Suspect overturns car while fleeing from license check

by Wes Mayer


Smothers rolled his vehicle off the road after losing control around the intersection of Savannah Street and Johnson Avenue. He sustained a possible shoulder injury but was otherwise unharmed.

Authorities arrested a man on charges of attempting to run over two officers after fleeing from a license checkpoint in Newnan. On Saturday, deputies with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Newnan Police Department officers for a driver’s license checkpoint on the corner of Mary Ann Street and Hill Street, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Around 11:35, Victor Damon Smothers, 46, drove up to the checkpoint.

Smothers pulled over for officers, told them he did not have his license with him and gave them his name, according to Yarbrough. Officers then ran his name in the police information system but did not find a match. When officers went to question Smothers, he hit the accelerator and drove toward two officers standing by, Deputy Ty Thompson and Officer Jeremy Wood. Thompson and Wood were able to jump out of the way and were not injured.

Officers pursued Smothers, who was weaving between lanes, driving recklessly and driving on the wrong side of the road, Yarbrough said. At the intersection of Savannah Street and Johnson Avenue, Smothers lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road, and the car flipped upside down, coming to rest on its roof. Officers removed Smothers from the vehicle, who said he was unharmed but complained of shoulder pain, Yarbrough said. He was transported to the hospital before being taken to the Coweta County Jail.

Smothers was charged by Deputy Brandon Thrower with two felony counts of aggravated assault with other weapon — for attempting to drive into two officers. He was also charged with giving a false name, fleeing and attempting to elude police officers, driving less safe under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and a stop sign violation.

Officers have also discovered Smothers has an outstanding warrant for violation of probation in Lamar County and another warrant for driving on a suspended/revoked license in Spalding County.

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