NWGA Scanner | June 14th, 2022
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Sunday, June 5th, 2022, Corporal Flood responded to Lyerly in reference to a road rage incident where a firearm had been discharged. According to the report, “Deputies were advised by Chattooga E 911 that the subject that had fired the gun had turned into 7426 Highway 114, and the caller had continued on to meet at the store in Lyerly.” Corporal Flood spoke with the victim and his 13-year-old kid, who both advised that a truck passed them in Alabama near the state line and then brake-checked them before then slowing way down. Due to the extremely slow speed, the victim advised he then passed the truck when safe and that as he was passing, the man in the truck pointed a handgun out the window and fired at least three shots at him. Mr. McRae then called 911. Deputies Armstrong and Railey located the suspect, identified as Dave Andrew Bankston, 19, Collinsville, Alabama, at 7426 Highway. Bankston advised that the other truck had cut him off and that he had to speed up to 90 mph to get around him, and then when he did get in front of him, he slowed down. According to the report, “He advised he did have a loaded gun in the vehicle however he did not draw it or shoot it at any time. Deputy Armstrong was able to retrieve the firearm and found two spent shell casings in the vehicle.” At this time, CID Chief investigator Burrage was called to the scene, and it was turned over to him. Bankston was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with discharging a firearm near a highway and reckless conduct.