NWGA Scanner | January 15th, 2021

Calhoun man rams wife’s vehicle during domestic assault all while DUI with 2-year-old inside his vehicle

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Friday, January 8th, 2021, at approximately 11:51 PM, Deputy Stevens was connected to a complainant by phone through 911 Dispatch regarding domestic violence questions. She stated that she and her husband Brian Jermaine Higginbotham, 47, of Calhoun, were involved in a verbal argument at their home on Buck Blvd in Calhoun, GA. She stated that she was currently sitting at the Food City at 225 Lovers Lane Calhoun, GA, in an attempt to separate herself from her husband. The victim requested Deputy Stevens do a welfare check on her four children, who were still at home with their father. As Deputy Stevens was receiving information from the victim, she suddenly stated that Higginbotham had just arrived at the Food City in his Grey 2016 GMC Canyon. The deputy reported the victim became scared for her life and started driving around the parking lot and building to evade Higginbotham. Deputy Stevens remained on the phone with the victim throughout the incident at the Food City. Higginbotham was following the victim around the property relentlessly. The victim’s tone then dramatically changed as she explained that Higginbotham was now ramming the rear end of her vehicle with his pickup truck. Deputy Stevens activated his emergency equipment and advised all county and city units of the situation. Georgia State Patrolman Sutherland was first on the scene. Deputy Stevens stayed on the phone with the victim and relayed important information. As GSP arrived on the scene and stopped Higginbotham as he exited the parking lot traveling eastbound on Dews Pond Road. Higginbotham was taken into custody by units. While clearing the inside of the truck, it was discovered that during the vehicular assault on his wife, their 2-year-old male child was in the back seat. After being read his Miranda Warning, Higginbotham invoked his 5th Amendment rights regarding the incident. Trooper conducted a DUI investigation on determined Higginbotham was driving under the influence of alcohol. Calhoun Police Department took over the investigation involving the vehicular assault that occurred at the Food City since it was within the city limits. Higginbotham was transported to the Gordon County Jail, charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children — first degree, DUI, and DUI — endangering the life of a child — misdemeanor. The deputy applied for a state warrant for Violation of Family Violence Order signed by Judge Rasbury on September 9th, 2019.