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Man arrested after attacking his ride
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A Covington native was arrested after flying into a rage when asked to pay up for his fast food, according to a Covington Police Department report.

Nicky Allen was arrested May 23 after CPD officer Mitch Nicholson saw the suspect struggling with two women in the front seat of a red pick up truck around 9:45 p.m. on Brown Street.

The women had spotted Allen drunk in front of the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 and offered to give him a ride home, according to the report. He reportedly offered to buy the two dinners from the restaurant in return, but at the drive-through window he began to act out and refused to pay for the food, forcing them to pay.

When they arrived at Brown Street the driver asked if Allen was going to pay them back. According to the report, he became upset and grabbed the gear shifter and threw the truck into reverse while turning the wheel in an attempt to wreck the vehicle.

Allen also allegedly bit the passenger in the hand while striking her in her breasts repeatedly and threw his bottle of liquor on her.

Nicholson spoke with the two women and both reported the same story.

Paramedics were called to check on the victim, who had a small bruise and bite marks but was otherwise determined to be OK. Allen was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with simple assault and reckless conduct.

Stolen rims

A Newton County man lost his wheels after thieves made off with his car in the night.

The owner of a 2008 Dodge Charger reported around 5 a.m. June 2 his car had been stolen from the carport of his house.

On the way to the scene, Newton County Sheriff Office deputy Andre Lawrence passed a burgundy Dodge Charger sitting on a spare tire and a car jack about 400 feet from the victim's residence.

When taken to identify the car, the victim stated that it was his car, but his 24-inch rims, valued at $2,500, were missing.

Witnesses to the crime, the neighbors of the victim, said they heard their dog barking and what sounded like a chain being dragged. Another witness reported she saw three males, but was unable to identify or give a description of the perpetrators.

Investigator Mark Joyner took samples of visible hand and finger prints left on the front doors of the vehicle. Currently no arrests have been made in this case.

Pallet thieves

Jeffery Easterwood and Ryan Miller were arrested and charged with felony theft by taking on May 24 after allegedly attempting to steal 95 pallets from the Ingles on U.S. Highway 278.

CPD officer Kevin Cribb, who responded to the call, saw the men loading the pallets onto a Budget rental truck behind the store around 2 a.m. When he asked what they were doing and if they had permission to be behind the store, the two responded saying that they worked for Eastside Pallet Company and had permission from store manager "John" to load the pallets.

Grocery store manager Ricky Capote was contacted and told CPD officers the store did not employ a manager the name of John.

During a precautionary search of the suspects' vehicle, Cribb found what appeared to be a glass pipe with suspected cocaine residue. Also located under the passenger seat was a scale containing cocaine residue.

When asked about the paraphernalia, the two reportedly responded that they knew nothing about it.

Easterwood and Miller were arrested them for felony theft by taking, possession of drug related items and possession of suspected cocaine.

Officer Cribb then submitted the suspected cocaine pipe and scale for a drug analysis, wrote out a receipt of stolen property and then returned the 95 stolen pallets to Ingles.