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Deputy: Decatur man arrested after trying to run over teens in Spitler Woods State Park

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MOUNT ZION — A Decatur man has been arrested after he used his car to try to hit and run down several teens Sunday afternoon in Spitler Woods State Park, a sheriff's deputy said. 

The 18-year-old man was found and arrested Tuesday and jailed on preliminary charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, reckless conduct and endangering the health and life of a child, which are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

A sworn affidavit filed by sheriff’s deputy Trevor Rigg said the park incident began with an altercation between the man and a 16-year-old male at Huck’s, 150 Spitler Park Drive.

Rigg said the 16-year-old and four friends — all males, three ages 16 and one 17 — had gone to the park after the fight, where they again encountered the man.

The 16-year-old, with two of the friends, walked over to the man’s car and asked him if they were going to fight, according to Rigg. The man broke a bottle from which he was drinking, Rigg said, and pointed the broken glass at the teenager before throwing it at one of his friends.

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Rigg said the teenager began hitting the man who managed to climb into his car and slam it into reverse.

“(He) then put the car into drive and began to drive at him (the teenager) and his two friends,” Rigg said. The man is described as ramming a tree stump as he tried to strike them and then driving around another tree in further attempts to run them over with the vehicle.

Rigg said the man eventually gave up, but deliberately rammed the rear of a car belonging to one of the 16-year-old’s friends before leaving.

The man is free after posting $10,000 bond with the condition he stay away from all the teenagers involved. He is due to be arraigned Oct. 26.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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