Object shatters window on I-20

COVINGTON - Newton County authorities are investigating an incident in which a semi-truck's window was shattered by an unknown object on Interstate 20 in the early morning hours Sunday.

The victim told Deputy Douglas Donihe he was traveling westbound on I-20 near Almon Road just before 1 a.m. when the object struck and shattered the passenger's side window on his white, 2001 Freightliner semi-truck.

No one was seen on the Almon Road overpass at the time, Donihe said in his incident report, and Lt. Mark Mitchell, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, said deputies canvassed the area, but they were not able to determine where the object came from or what it was.

Mitchell said that the case has been turned over to investigations to look into whether or not the incident was a case of vandalism.

In the meantime, Mitchell said they will increase patrols in the area to ward off any potential vandals.

Newton County experienced a rash of rock-throwing incidents last year beginning in the summer.

Authorities recommend that drivers approach people on the side of the road with caution and to immediately pull over and notify authorities if a vehicle is struck with an object.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about this incident call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site by visiting www.newtonsheriffga.org and 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.