Tifton Gazette


June 16, 2014

Man stabbed with screwdriver following altercation

TIFTON — An alleged fight between two men Saturday morning led to one of them being stabbed with a screwdriver.

Officer Jacob Johnson reported he was sent to the 700 block of East 6 1/2 Street in reference to an assault. When he arrived on the scene, a man said a skinny black male stabbed him in the chest with a 4- to 5-inch flathead screwdriver.

He said he and the offender had been fighting about a female. Johnson reported the man wouldn't provide any information about the female nor what they had been fighting about.

The man said the offender came to his house and began threatening him and his children. He then flattened one of his sons' bicycle tires with the screwdriver. The offender left the residence and began walking west on 6 1/2 Street.

The complainant said he got on his bicycle and followed the offender. When he caught up to him, a confrontation began and the offender then pulled out the screwdriver and stabbed him in the chest in the area of the heart. The complainant fled back to his residence, and the offender also fled the area wearing a white shirt and jeans.

Johnson said upon inspection, there was a slight, obvious flathead screwdriver indention on the complainant's chest. He reported this was all the information the complainant could provide on the offender and the altercation. A search of the area had negative results for anyone matching the description of the offender.

In another matter, Officer Eddie Bailey reported Saturday morning that while on patrol, he was sent to Brookfield Mews on Tifton-Eldorado Road in reference to an unwanted person knocking on someone's door.

He and Officer Torrie Adams arrived at the apartment building and noticed two male subjects walking away from a nearby building. A resident reported one of the males was the one knocking on her door, saying he was homeless.

Bailey said they told the subject to come to them and he walked over to their location. The subject was asked if he knocked on someone's door, and he replied that he didn't. Bailey reported the subject appeared to be very intoxicated with slurred speech and difficulty maintaining his balance.

The subject, 36-year-old Adrian Lavar Pridgon of 159 Tifton-Eldorado Road, agreed to allow Bailey to conduct a pat-down search. Bailey reported that while conducting the search of Pridgon's outer clothing, he felt what appeared to be a hard metal object on the right inside of his waistband. As he lifted up Pridgon's shirt, he observed the handle of a gun sticking out from his waistband.

Bailey grabbed hold of the gun with his left hand and then grabbed Pridgon'a right wrist with his right hand. Pridgon shoved him and snatched away from him and Adams. He darted off running away from their location, and officers gave chase. Pridgon's inebriated condition caused him to stumble and fall to the asphalt, causing multiple scraps/abrasions to his face.

Bailey said he held Pridgon's gun in his left hand away from him and held him down with his right foot to prevent him from getting up and running again until Adams arrived to place cuffs on him. After placing Pridgon under arrest, he immediately notified the dispatchers to send Tift County Emergency Medical Services to check the offender for his injuries he had received while running. EMS arrived, and Pridgon's injuries appeared to be superficial abrasions.

Pridgon was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, public intoxication and obstruction of officer.

In an unrelated case, a man was arrested Sunday morning for DUI after driving his vehicle in a ditch in the area of Richards Drive and Kent Road. The driver, 38-year-old John Corey Carter of Tifton, reported that he went to the store to get some cigarettes and was returning home. As he turned into the parking lot at Cypress Suite Apartments, things went blurry. He then ran off into the ditch.

Officer Jared Godwin reported he noticed that Carter was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and that he was confused. He asked him how much he had to drink and Carter said he finished off a bottle of whisky earlier and that was it.

Carter then said he had taken a Flexeril also. He later admitted to taking an Ambien earlier in the night as well. He performed the field sobriety test and blew into the handheld Alco-Sensor, registering a 0.045. Carter was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license on his person.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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