COVINGTON, Ga. - A local educator spent nearly 24 hours in jail last week after an altercation over a gas pump in February.
According to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report, Jeffery Philander Hughes was arrested April 8 and charged with stalking after he reportedly followed a woman after the February altercation. The woman, identified as Terkquyose Kennebrew, was also arrested as a result of the incident and was charged with simple battery.
Hughes' last known employer is listed as Newton County Schools on his NCSO booking report and according to the South Salem Elementary School website he serves as the school's assistant principal.
According to the report, Hughes and Kennebrew were involved in an argument Feb. 7 about who go to a gas pump first.
The two reportedly pulled up to a pump outside the Walmart on Salem Road at the same time. Kennebrew allegedly "snatched" the gas pump out of Hughes' hand. Hughes then reported the incident to the gas station clerk and returned to his vehicle.
According to the report, both subjects left the gas pump headed in the same direction. Kennebrew reported noticing Hughes following her as she made multiple turns after leaving the gas station. She then returned to Walmart and called 911 to report the incident.
After investigating the incident and reviewing surveillance and body camera footage, NCSO Investigator Jamie Green found evident to take charges on both individuals.
"We are aware of Mr. Hughes’ arrest as he self-reported the situation upon his return to work," NCSS Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis told The News. "This was not a work-related situation as the incident happened outside of the school day and off campus. We will monitor the proceedings as the case works its way through the court system."