A 19-year-old woman was walking eastbound on the grass along Oak Street at about 3 a.m. Feb. 19. A vehicle left the road and hit her from behind. An ambulance took the woman to Athens Regional Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Based on witnesses' descriptions, police found the vehicle a short time later, but they could not locate the driver. The investigation is ongoing.
Watch Out at Golden Pantry
A West Hancock Avenue man said he was leaving a convenience store at Prince Avenue and Barber Street late on Feb. 10. He heard someone say, "Hey," turned around and was tackled to the ground. Two people went through his pockets and took a wallet containing ID, a debit card and $1. They punched him in the face and kicked him in the ribs. After the attack, the victim went home and went to sleep, and in the morning he went to the UGA Student Health Center, then the police station.
Dive Right In
A 32-year-old man suspected of dealing drugs at Clarke Garden Apartments on Barnett Shoals Road tried to escape police by swimming across the North Oconee River. Officers chased him to College Station Road, where he jumped into the water and was injured when he landed on debris submerged beneath the surface. Police found a stolen semi-automatic pistol he had dropped while running and cocaine packaged for sale.
A College Avenue man reported that someone entered his vehicle Feb. 10 and took a bag of golf clubs, sunglasses, an iPod charger and a phone charger. Another person who lives at the same address also reported a bag of golf clubs stolen. The same day, a North Harris Street man reported that golf clubs were stolen from his car while it was parked outside his house, and a Stone Mill Run man said his golf clubs were stolen, too.
A man was parking his Ford Explorer at the Lexington Road Walmart when he apparently blacked out. The SUV rolled into an Oldsmobile 88, then hit a Buick LeSabre and a motorized shopping cart, which rolled into a Honda Accord. Then the Explorer jumped a curb and struck a Cadillac being driven through the parking lot. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital for treatment. The Cadillac driver suffered minor injuries.
Thefts and Break-Ins
• A vacant Georgia Railroad Street residence was broken into between Feb. 9–11. Nothing was missing, but a damaged water pipe flooded the house.
• A man reported that his stepson came home and saw someone leaving the back of his house. Forty state quarters were stolen.
• Someone entered a fenced lot on Chase Street Feb. 13 or 14 and vandalized several vehicles and stole two Mitsubishi vans belonging to Lee Epting Catering. One van was later found on Commerce Road.
• A Royston woman said someone took a purse through her vehicle's open window while it was parked at Lord and Stephens funeral home on Lexington Road.
All information taken from Athens-Clarke County police reports.