Rockdale deputy's wife arrested second time

COVINGTON -- The wife of a Rockdale County deputy who was arrested, along with her husband, after the couple got into a physical altercation involving a hammer, has been returned to the Newton County Detention Center.

This time Latoya Diane Woods, 38, of 120 Hazelhurst Drive, faces charges of battery (Family Violence Act), aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and operation of vehicle without current plated/expired plate.

On Aug. 31, both Latoya Woods and Jerome Woods of the Hazelhurst Drive address were charged with battery under the Family Violence Act, after Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the home and observed physical injuries on both of them.

According to NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison, deputies were told the altercation took place because, "The wife said she presumed the husband was having an affair."

"Both of them bonded out of jail and we got another call on (Saturday) Sept. 1, around 10:43 p.m.," NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum said. "The complainant was Jerome Woods who said he was visiting an acquaintance on Trelawny Place and when he exited the house, he saw his estranged wife in a car. According to him, she accelerated toward him."

Crum said Jerome Woods said he drove away and Latoya Woods followed him, rammed his car and left the scene.

"Deputies responded to the scene, worked the accident and tried to locate Latoya Woods, but couldn't find her," Crum said.

Then a few hours later after midnight on Sunday, Sept. 2, Woods' adult son notified Jerome Woods that he heard a loud bang come from his mother's room and when he tried to open the door, it was locked.

"He was afraid something bad had happened and notified us," Crum said. "She was fine; however, she was arrested on charges for the previous incident."

Following the initial arrest involving Jerome Woods, he was placed on administrative leave by the RCSO.

"We were notified by Newton County of the arrest and he was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay while we look into an internal investigation," Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington said. "Obviously, we take this very seriously."