Man seriously hurt in wreck

COVINGTON -- A one-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 about 12:30 a.m. Saturday resulted in serious injury for the driver, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-20 near the Almon Road overpass.

"A 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Kurt Jordan Hester, 22, of Covington left the roadway on the right side, traveled alongside the interstate off the road, and came back onto the interstate, crossing all lanes of travel," Wright said. "The driver overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The Tahoe then overturned numerous times, with the driver being ejected. He came to rest in the right travel lane."

While the Tahoe was flipping, two wheels came off. A passing motorist struck one of the wheels, causing damage to his vehicle, and that vehicle came to rest next to Hester, who was still lying in the right travel lane, Wright said.

Hester suffered a head injury and was airlifted from the scene to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, according to Wright.

"Alcohol was a factor in the crash and Hester refused to submit to a blood test," Wright said. "He has been charged with driving under the influence, failing to maintain lane, expired tag and no seat belt."

In other crime news, a would-be Good Samaritan turned out to be more like an alleged wolf in sheep's clothing, according to a report from the Covington Police Department.

On Aug. 24, a woman reported to the CPD that her car had overheated and she pulled into the parking lot of Hays Furniture on Washington Street. A man driving a Jeep stopped to help her and got into the driver's seat to show her something about her vehicle, she told authorities.

"(The victim) stated that her Metro PCS LG cell phone was in her driver's side door handle ... when (the suspect) left her vehicle, the phone was missing," the report states, adding that the victim said when she went to ask the suspect about the phone, he had left the scene.

The victim called 911 and while police were getting a description of the Jeep the alleged suspect was driving, witnesses spotted the vehicle.

CPD officers stopped the Jeep and asked the driver if he knew anything about the cell phone. He said he didn't and was "just helping the lady," but officers were welcome to search his vehicle.

While officers began searching the vehicle, another officer called 911 dispatch and asked them to call the victim's cell phone.

Officers heard it ringing and continued their search until they found it in the passenger side back seat inside the roll bar padding. The phone was returned to the victim.

Benjamin David Cheek, 36, of 402 Henderson Mill Road, was arrested and charged with theft by taking.