SAVANNAH — Police in coastal Georgia say country singer Billy Currington may have videotaped himself chasing a 70-year-old tour boat captain and threatening to "finish him off."
A police affidavit and search warrant papers filed Thursday in Chatham County Superior Court say officers seized digital video files and photographs from Currington's waterfront home near Tybee Island.
Currington, who was raised in Rincon, was indicted on Wednesday on charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. The indictment says only that Currington threatened "to cause bodily harm" to a man named Charles Harvey Ferrelle on April 15.
Ferrelle owns a charter boat and was doing a tour when Currington allegedly began screaming at him and two passengers, according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police report. Ferrelle told investigators on the return trip Currington chased them by boat and shouted threats while holding a camera.
"If I hadn't gotten into my slip fast enough, I believe he would have run me over," Ferrelle told police, according to the incident report.
Ferrelle called police again the next day saying he was in fear of his life because he had another tour scheduled and would have to pass by Currington's property again after being threatened. A woman also called police saying she was the caretaker of an elderly man who was nearly run over by a boater at his dock and she wanted to file an incident report. Authorities determined the woman was talking about the incident involving Currington.
Daniel Baxter, a spokesman for District Attorney Meg Heap, says a warrant was being issued for Currington's arrest.
The singer took to his Twitter account Wednesday thanking fans for their support but sent a message saying he couldn't comment on the matters since it is an ongoing investigation. On April 17, the singer sent a message to his over 200,900 followers saying "Harrassing (sic) artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know."
Neither Ferrelle nor a representative for Currington immediately responded to messages seeking comment.
Attorney Alex Zipperer says in a court filing Currington denies the allegations.
Currington's hits include "Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer," ''That's How Country Boys Roll" and "People Are Crazy."