Authorities: Object hurled at moving car

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities are again asking motorists to be vigilant on the roadways after vandals reportedly hurled an unknown object at a car last week.

According to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report, the victim was driving on Alcovy Trestle Road when something was thrown at her vehicle from atop a railroad trestle.

The unknown object made a large hole in the windshield of her vehicle just above the steering wheel.

Deputy Darrell Odom, who was flagged down by the victim's husband near Hazelbrand Road, searched the area from where the victim stated the object was thrown, but he did not locate anyone.

According to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the NCSO, the area where the incident occurred is sparsely populated, and it was the first time that such an incident had been reported there.

"The fact that anybody would throw an object at a vehicle is astounding to me, because so many things can happen. (The driver) could lose control and crash, killing themselves or someone in the opposite lane of travel," he said. "(The perpetrators) don't recognize the danger that it presents to the driver or the passengers. This is a very reckless act."

While authorities believe the incident was more than likely a case of vandalism, Watterson said the NCSO is also considering the possibility that the damage could have been caused by a piece of falling debris from the railroad.

The spokesman said, however, that the NCSO would have deputies keep an eye on the area as a precaution.

Despite this most recent report, Watterson said incidents of rocks or other objects being thrown at vehicles had decreased in recent months following a rash in the late summer.

"I think that several people got caught and charged and that (the vandals) have just kind of moved away from that," he said.

Authorities recommend that drivers approach people on the side of the road with caution and suggest they immediately pull over and call 911 if their vehicles are struck by an object.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

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