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DUI driver tried to run down cops, say police

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@henryherald.com

McDONOUGH — A McDonough man was more than legally drunk and was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun when he tried to run down an officer early Wednesday morning, said police.

Kenneth Earl Wray, 35, of Beaver Run Trace in McDonough, is being held in the Henry County Jail on $30,000 bond for felony obstruction of an officer, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, DUI and driving on a suspended license.

Police said Wray was standing outside his vehicle Wednesday about 5:27 a.m. on Willow Trace Drive in McDonough. When the officer approached, Wray got in his car and cranked it up. The officer gave him a command to shut off the car while standing in front of it. Wray put the car in drive and drove toward the officer, said police.

The officer drew his service weapon and ran to his right to avoid the oncoming car, with Wray refusing to stop, said police. Two officers pursued Wray until they lost sight of the car. 

Police said another officer made the traffic stop. Officers found a Marlin model 336 rifle with the stock cut down and the barrel sawed-off below 16 inches in Wray’s front passenger area. Once in custody, Wray blew a .213, more than twice the legal limit of .08, said police.

A McDonough man is being held in the Henry County Jail for allegedly snatching up a toddler by her ankles and terrifying her, said police.

Nicholas Robert Miller, 22, of Stroud Road, is charged with first-degree cruelty to children and simple battery. Police said Miller yanked a 20-month-old girl off the floor by her ankles and onto his lap while he was in a kneeling position and she was lying on the floor in front of him.

The alleged Nov. 9 incident was witnessed by the child’s mother. Police said the child cried frantically and shook uncontrollably.

Chief Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin set a $10,000 bond.

Three Stockbridge men are charged in connection with the undercover drug buy of MDMA Wednesday evening on Brentwood Parkway. Agents with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force arrested Rodriguez Dante Scandrett, 24, of Banks Road, Jared Williams, 18, of Sunderland Way, and Lawrence Broughton, 22, of Due West Drive, on various charges.

Scandrett is charged with forgery in the first degree, giving false name and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Agents said he completed paperwork Nov. 18 to be a confidential informant but gave someone else’s name and date of birth. He is also charged with having 20 individual bags of marijuana for sale.

Scandrett is being held on $10,000 bond on the forgery charge but has to petition Superior Court for a bond on the more serious charges.

Agents said Broughton drove one of the men to the drug transaction and struggled with officers during the arrest. He is charged with obstruction of an officer.

Williams also resisted arrest and officers had to use a stun gun to control him, said police. He is charged with possession of marijuana and MDMA and obstruction of an officer.

In other court action:

• Alan Blalock, 35, of Fieldview Drive in McDonough, was charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act. Police said he slapped his ex-wife on the back of the head with an open hand in front of his 12-year-old son Dec. 30.

• Adam Lamarcus Pate, 19, of River Trace in McDonough, is charged with burglary in the second degree by the McDonough Police Department. Police said he broke into a home Wednesday at Madelin Court and stole a flat-screen television. 

When confronted by officers, Pate dropped the set and was caught 10 feet away. A second suspect fled the scene. Pate is being held on $25,000 bond.

• Andres Cano-Gomez, 19, of North Henry Boulevard in Stockbridge, has been charged with battery under the Family Violence Act. Police said Cano-Gomez attacked his live-in girlfriend and mother of his child Wednesday night. The woman suffered reddening and bruising to her arm and cuts on her shoulder and lip.

• Reginald Leeandre Holden, 36, of Ridgeview Trail in Jonesboro, was arrested Wednesday for criminal trespass. Police said he went into a garage in Hampton and was going through property of the owner without his permission. Police said the owner caught him in the act and closed the garage door to hold him until officers arrived.