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Man rams van into home
Stephen Edward Padgett

    A man turned himself in Friday after admitting to hitting a woman and driving his van into a house, police said.
    Bulloch County sheriff’s Cpl. Jody Deal said in a report that Stephen Edward Padgett, 24, of Broomstraw Trace in Ellabell, approached when the deputy responded to a domestic dispute call at a Broomstraw Trace home and said he was “ready to go to jail.”
    The altercation began when Padgett’s live-in girlfriend told him she had been having an affair with another man, Deal said.
    The revelation caused an argument that turned physical, and Padgett admitted to hitting the woman. He also rammed his 1999 Ford Windstar van into the mobile home, causing “substantial” damage to the van as well as collapsing a porch roof, breaking a mobile home window and damaging an air conditioner, Deal said.
    The woman did not have any visible injuries, reports say.
    Padgett was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he was booked on charges of simple battery (family violence) and criminal damage to property. He later posted bond and faces court hearings, according to reports.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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