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Claxton man faces 13 agg assault charges
Report: 'Intoxicated' suspect tried to run over people at Bulloch wedding
Jeremi Bath Web
Jeremi Dylan Bath

               A Claxton man is accused of trying to run over guests at a Saturday night wedding party.
        According to Bulloch County Sheriff's incident reports, Jeremi Dylan Bath, 28. Sugar Baby Farm Road, Claxton, was attending a wedding party on Wilson Road in southeast Bulloch County Saturday evening when he became highly intoxicated and started being combative.
        Bulloch County Sheriff's Deputy Ian Scruggs and other deputies responded to the call on Wilson Road, which is off Mud Road, Saturday night after hearing "Shots may have been fired and the suspect left in a white F150," he stated in reports.
        Upon arrival at the scene, Scruggs saw "several men holding a man down near a white F-150," he said. The property owner told Scruggs the man being held down was Bath and he had "tried to kill everyone."
Scruggs handcuffed Bath, whom he said was "slightly bloody and highly intoxicated," noting that several other men had blood on their shirts.
        Upon questioning witnesses, Scruggs learned that Bath became very belligerent and was causing problems at the party. In an attempt to calm things down, several men tried placing him in his girlfriend's car so they could leave, Scruggs said in reports.
        However, Bath broke away, leaving the car, swinging at others and threatening to "kill everyone," he said. Bath then got into his truck and left at a high rate of speed, driving down the driveway towards a group of people near a house, witnesses said.
        Bath drove his truck right at the group, causing people to have to "scramble to get out of the way to keep from being run over," reports stated.
        Bath ran through a well, scattering parts of it all over the yard, before hitting an oak tree, he said.
        Judging from a "spider web pattern" on the windshield, it appeared Bath's head hit the windshield, Scruggs stated. Bath then exited the truck and began swinging at others once more, he said.
        The men at the party were able to subdue Bath until deputies arrived, reports stated.
Georgia State Patrol Post 45 Trooper First-Class Janie Holloway arrived to investigate the crash, while Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies, including Scruggs, took Bath into custody charging him with 13 counts of aggravated assault.
        He was also charged with DUI/less safe after refusing sobriety tests, and was charged with second degree criminal damage to property.
        He is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail, according to jail records.
        Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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