Vandals throw objects from overpass onto moving vehicle

COVINGTON - A pair of unknown vandals are being sought by Covington authorities for throwing objects at a vehicle from an overpass Saturday night.

The victim told police he was traveling north on Alcovy Road with his wife and two young daughters shortly after 7 p.m., when something struck the windshield of his 2007 Toyota Sienna as he passed under a railroad track bridge, according to an incident report completed by Covington Police Department Officer Kevin Cribb.

The mini van's windshield was shattered, but no one was injured, Cribb said.

While on his way to speak with the victim, Cribb said another witness called 911 and reported they had seen someone throw something off the overpass, which struck their car, as well.

After pulling into the parking lot of a nearby business, the witness told officers he saw two subjects running down the railroad tracks away from him, according to the CPD incident report.

Officers searched the area, but the suspects were not located.

Last month, a teenage girl received cuts to one of her hands after someone hurled what is believed to be a rock at the window of a car she was riding in on Ga. Highway 142.

Another motorist traveling in the area during the same time period also had a vehicle struck with a rock on the passenger's side, causing damage in two places.

Since June, similar rock-throwing incidents have been reported at several other intersections in Newton County, including Ga. Highway 162 at Mote Road, Ga. Highway 81 at Macedonia Church Road and Fairview Road at Womack Road.

Authorities recommend that drivers approach people on the side of the road with caution and immediately pull over and call 911 if your vehicle is struck with an object.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the CPD at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.