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Posted: November 30, 2016 1:39 p.m.

New Jersey man arrested after driving on I-20 without a tire

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After reports of a vehicle traveling down Interstate 20 with no tires, Covington Police Department (CPD) found the reported vehicle, which was in fact missing a tire, and arrested the driver on multiple charges.

CPD Officer Aimee Oliver, along with other CPD officers, located the vehicle in the parking lot of Ginn.

“I walked up to the vehicle and observed that the front, driver’s side tire was completely gone, there was scuff marks on the front bumper and I observed what looked like vomit on the driver’s side door jam,” Oliver reported.

The driver, identified as John Edwards Williams from New Jersey, reportedly told Oliver he was on his was to Lithonia.

The passenger, identified as Thomas Williams, explained that the two of them had been drinking at a bar in Conyers and were in town for a funeral.

Oliver placed John Williams under arrest after she was unable to gather a valid driver’s license from him and was positive he had been driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the CPD incident report.

CPD Captain Philip Bradford said the vehicle was riding on just the wheel. The tire rubber was completely gone.

“It can only be assumed that by his alcohol content, he drove the car on a flat until the tire came completely off the rim, which I have seen happen many times involving intoxicated drivers,” Bradford said. “He must have driven on the flat for a good ways causing the tire to come off the rim.”

While Oliver was putting handcuffs on John Williams, he reportedly verbalized threats towards the officer.

“I asked him if he was going to kill me and he stated ‘Yeah, I’m about to get your (expletive) in court, best believe that,’” Oliver reported.

Once to the Newton County Detention Center, Oliver discovered John Williams did not have a valid driver’s license in New Jersey or Georgia, according to the report. The only information available was a Georgia driver’s permit that expired at the end of 2010, according to the report.

John Williams provided two breath samples in the Intox 9000 at the jail. His lowest breath sample provided a .192 blood alcohol concentration reading.

He was charged with driving without a license, driving under the influence, obstruction and terroristic threats and acts. 

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