Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

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On May 31 an information report was filed at a Fambrough Bridge Road residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that the property owner of the residence had her car towed while she was on a trip to Miami with a woman who resides at the Fambrough Bridge Road residence. The complainant said she was told before they left that she could leave her vehicle at the site. The property owner told a deputy that he was cleaning the property and wanted the vehicle removed so he had it towed. A towing company told a deputy the woman could come and get her vehicle back for $120 or she could come to his impound lot and get her personal items from the vehicle. 

On May 30 a theft by deception complaint was filed at a Cedar Grove Road, Buckhead residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that she joined a website called Plenty of Fish and that the website had pre-charged her $80 for a full year’s membership. The woman said when she located and called a customer support phone number to seek a refund, a man with a foreign accent convinced her that he would give her a refund. However, the man also convinced the woman to make a $300 and $200 transaction to a Cash App as a test. Once the woman did this, she said, she could no longer contact the man.

On May 29 Ricky Lumpkin, 32, Athens was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended, speeding, fleeing and attempting to elude, improper passing, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to reports, a Morgan County deputy allegedly observed Lumpkin driving north on U.S. 441 at a high rate of speed near Shockley Road. Reports, state that the deputy attempted to stop Lumpkin and that Lumpkin accelerated to more than 100 mph and passed vehicles on a double striped lane. Oconee County deputies joined the chase and an Oconee County deputy deployed a stop stick that deflated two tires on Lumpkin’s vehicle. Lumpkin exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, reports state, but he was detained and returned to the scene. Deputies allegedly located a Taurus G2C 9mm handgun in the vehicle. Reports state that Oconee County deputies also placed charges on Lumpkin.

On May 29 Christopher Lawrence Peterson, 25, Monroe was arrested and charged with obstruction and driving while license suspended. According to reports, a deputy responded to a two car incident at the Trading Post, Hard Labor Creek State Park. While investigating the incident, the deputy reported that initially a woman said she was driving the at fault vehicle and that Peterson was a passenger. However, several witnesses said Peterson was the driver. The deputy questioned Peterson more and, reports state, Peterson admitted to driving the vehicle. The deputy attempted to place Peterson under arrested for driving with a suspended license but Peterson fled on foot. The deputy fired a Taser shot but Peterson slipped on wet grass and the Taser was not effective. The deputy then drew his service weapon and pointed it at Peterson, demanding that he stay on the ground.

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