Road rage results in arrest
NORCROSS - Two motorists were arrested Sunday after allegedly squabbling over a road rage incident.
Oliver Patrick Garrett, 29, of Sugar Hill, was driving with his girlfriend on Ga. Highway 20 when another car passed them on a double yellow line and then slowed down. Garrett flashed his lights at the other driver, later identified as Naimeskumar Patel, 32, of Cumming. Patel then slammed on his brakes and gestured rudely, according to a police report.
When they came to a traffic stop, Garrett reportedly threw a bottle out the window and hit Patel's car. Patel followed Garrett to a home on Shelley Lane, got out of the car and punched Garrett in the face, a report stated. A fight ensued.
Witnesses said Garrett threw a tire jack through Patel's windshield. He also allegedly fired a single gunshot into the air in an attempt to get Patel to leave. Patel was charged with battery. Garrett was charged with reckless conduct.
Shots fired during standoff
BUFORD - A Duluth man was in a standoff with police Saturday on Plantation Mill Trail in Plantation Mill subdivision.
Officers were called to check on a woman's welfare at the house, according to police reports. When they arrived, the garage door began to open. Demetris Latrin Benn, 36, could be seen holding a gun in his hand as the door went up.
An officer yelled at Benn to drop the weapon, but instead Benn began to raise it in the officer's direction, the report said. The officer fired four times at Benn, but he missed. Benn moved out of sight momentarily, then reappeared with his hands up. Benn was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer.
The woman with Benn told officers she was OK and that she and Benn were just preparing to leave to move their truck.
- From staff reports