NWGA Scanner | December 15th, 2021

DUI driver arrested for fatal hit-and-run Sunday morning in Polk County

A Cedartown man remains in jail facing vehicular homicide and DUI after a deadly hit-and-run early Sunday morning in Polk County. The Polk County Coroner Norman Smith has released the name of the victim as Barry Ford, 52, of Cedartown. He was pronounced dead on the scene on December 12th, at 6:55 a.m. after being struck by a Ford Ranger that was found on South Main Street at Cason Road. According to jail records, The Georgia State Patrol took Jason Myles Ingram, 41, of 59 Winkle Road, Buchanan, into custody on a felony charge of homicide by vehicle first-degree, and misdemeanor charges of failure to report an accident with injury/death/damage and DUI. According to the GSP, Cedartown Police officers out on patrol around 6 a.m. on Dec. 12 noticed debris scattered along the roadway at the intersection of Cason Road and South Main Street. The officers stopped to investigate and discovered Ford short distance from the road, deceased from what appeared to be a collision with a vehicle. Upon this discovery, officers notified the Georgia State Patrol and they arrived on the scene. Later that morning, around 8 a.m., a ranger with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources left their residence to begin their shift. A few minutes into their commute, the ranger came upon a stationary truck in the middle of Benedict Loop Road. The ranger observed the driver of the vehicle to be passed out behind the wheel. Law enforcement officers were notified of the situation and responded to the scene.  The truck had front-end damage and other evidence that led officers to believe that the vehicle had been involved in the fatal hit and run earlier that morning. The investigating trooper determined Mr. Ingram was under the influence and was involved in the crash with the pedestrian. Ford’s body was taken yesterday to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy and to be identified. He died from the wounds sustained in the hit-and-run on Sunday morning.