NWGA Scanner | August 29th, 2022
According to a Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On August 7th, 2022, Deputy Villagomez and Deputy Wilks were dispatched by Chattooga-E911 to GA-1 in the area Trade Day about a male subject driving a red lawn mower mowing grass and throwing it into the road. Deputy Wilks reported, “We checked the area with no contact and then back into service. Shortly after, [I] received a phone call from a dispatcher that just gotten off work and stated that she saw a male subject driving a red lawn mowing that came off of Lake Wanda Reita Road and was almost struck while crossing the roadway.” Deputy Wilks observed the male subject, later identified as Jason Dee Woodworth, 52, of Summerville, driving a lawn mower with a small black trailer with two dogs in the back. Deputies asked Woodworth to stop, and he refused and kept driving. Woodworth looked at Deputy Villagomez, shook his head in a “no” motion, and stated, “I’m not stopping”. Woodworth continued south on highway 27 in the northbound lane, where he was nearly struck by an oncoming vehicle. Deputy Wilks traveled south into the northbound lanes in an attempt to stop traffic. According to the report, “Approaching McDonald’s on Highway 27, Deputy Villagomez got out of the vehicle and used force by way of hands to remove Woodworth from the lawn mower. Woodworth was placed into custody and started yelling profanities. Woodworth appeared to be in a very intoxicated state by way of bloodshot eyes, a strong odor of alcoholic beverage, and irate mannerism.” Woodworth would not enter the patrol vehicle of his own free will. Woodworth was helped into the vehicle by Deputy Villagomez and Cpl. Mitchell, after a slight struggle. Woodworth then began violently kicking the patrol unit’s back passenger door with his legs and yelling. Woodworth was booked into the Chattooga County Jail, charged with driving while license suspended, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, willful obstruction of law enforcement x2, and public drunkenness. According to arrest records by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, Woodworth was also arrested on August 4th, 2022, by Georgia State Patrol for windshield violation and driving while license is suspended.