A Winder man was arrested after wreaking havoc in Statham and later fleeing from Winder Police.
Elsea Randall Temple, 36, of 814 Lakeshore Drive in Winder, struck two vehicles and a mailbox within the City of Statham. A lookout was issued for his burgundy Ford Expedition after he left the scene of the accidents without stopping.
A Winder officer later spotted Temple’s Expedition on East Midland Avenue. The officer noted the vehicle had a damaged tire and was generating sparks as pieces of damaged metal drug along the pavement. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but Temple did not pull over. The officer began to pursue Temple down East Midland Avenue. During the course of the pursuit, Temple ran through the four-way stop at East Midland Avenue and Park Avenue almost striking another vehicle when he veered into the oncoming lane of traffic.
Another officer blocked the East Midland Avenue at North Broad Street, forcing Temple to stop. Officers ordered Temple out of the vehicle, but Temple failed to comply. One of the officers opened the driver’s door and instructed Temple to exit the vehicle. When Temple did not do as ordered, the officer “grabbed Mr. Temple by the back of the neck and assisted him in exiting his vehicle.”
After handcuffing Temple, one of the officers noticed a can of beer had fallen out of Temple’s vehicle onto the roadway. When asked if he had been drinking, Temple admitted he had and apologized saying he meant no disrespect to anyone.
Temple was then transported to the Barrow County Detention Center. On the way to the jail, Temple repeatedly apologized for causing trouble. At the jail, Temple asked what he had done wrong saying that he only had a flat tire. When the officer explained the charges, Temple began to cry and fell to his knees to ask the officer’s forgiveness.
Temple was charged with DUI, reckless driving, aggravated assault, fleeing and attempting to elude, failure to maintain lane, open container, operating an unsafe vehicle and two stop sign violations. The City of Statham is also pursuing charges related to the damaged vehicles and mailbox within their city limits.
Other recent arrests made by Winder Police include:
• Douglas Allen Hunt, 57, 403 Breanna Circle, Auburn, probation violation.
• Dorothy Ann Slaven, 65, 211 South Broad Street, Winder, family violence simple battery.
• Enrique D. Villata, 36, 1082 Sutherland Drive, Winder, family violence battery and third degree cruelty to children.
• Felicia Lanetta Hodge, 32, 240 Glen Avenue, Winder, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving while license suspended, distribution or possession of a controlled substance on or near school property and possession of a drug related object.