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Man spits at officers, defiles car
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A Covington man was arrested early Sunday morning, after reportedly hitting a parked car with his car, then physically fighting with officers when they approached him at The Depot.

After witnessing the accident, officers began investigating Daniel Tarris, and the passenger in his vehicle, Bowman McMillan. Officers noticed the two men reportedly moving around in the vehicle, and removed both men from the truck so they could search for weapons. As officers began searching, Tarris reportedly began fighting with them, refusing to place his hands behind his back, cursing and acting irate, all while omitting a strong odor of alcohol, according to reports.

As officers attempted to place Tarris into a patrol car, he reportedly spit chewing tobacco toward them, and into the car, cursed at and threatening the officers, kicked at them and, at one point, “urinated all over the back seat, floor and door.”

When they arrived at the jail, he allegedly began spitting at officers and threatening to harm them, requiring the jail staff to cover his face with a spit mask. A sobriety test showed Tarris to have a .178 alcohol level. The legal limit is Georgia is .08.

He was charged with DUI alcohol, obstruction of an officer, open container and reckless driving. The passenger was charged with open container.

A huge loss
Officers responded to the Chevron on Alcovy Road early Monday morning, after an employee came in to open the store for the day and found it ransacked.

When officers arrived, they saw the back door had a hole in it and that the registers, ATM and two slot machines in the store had been cut open. There were also several cartons of cigarettes and single packs removed.

The night deposit – roughly $15,000 – was also taken, along with $4,000 worth of slot machine money, $400 that was left in the front cash registers, $500 worth of adult movies, the video camera system and the passport register for gasoline, both valued at about $10,000 each. Roughly $61,800 worth of cash and merchandise were stolen from the store.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Covington Police Department at 770-786-7605 or online at All tips can be given anonymously.