COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton County sheriff’s deputy escaped injury early Sunday morning after somebody in a speeding car shot at him while he was trying to conduct a traffic stop, according to a Newton County Sheriff’s Office report.
Deputy Avery Williams was running speed detection on Interstate 20 at the John R. Williams Highway (Georgia 142) exit at 3:30 a.m. when he observed a black Honda pass with no tag displayed.
According to the report, when Williams pulled onto the interstate, the driver of the Honda turned the car’s lights off and accelerated at a high rate of speed to get away.
“As soon as I was about 20 feet from the vehicle, I activated my emergency equipment to conduct a traffic stop,” Williams wrote in his report, “Just as soon as my blue lights came on, either the rear passenger on the driver side of the car or the driver fired two shots toward my vehicle.”
Williams wrote that after the shots, he disengaged from the chase and changed lanes. The Honda continued eastbound past the Monroe/Monticello exit (Georgia 11) at a high rate of speed.
According to the report, speeds for both vehicles were around 120 mph at the time of the incident.
As Williams stopped to check his vehicle, other units continued to check the area for the Honda and a BOLO (be on the lookout) notice was issued to surrounding agencies.Williams was not hurt and his car was not damaged.