Update: Investigator Chris Jordan is pleased to announce that Antonio Jerrold Williams turned himself in to BPS this evening and is now in custody.
Original Story: Bainbridge Public Safety is developing an extensive case related to the two hit and run incidents over the weekend. According to Julie Harris, Public Information Officer with the City of Bainbridge, police have identified the suspect, but have not yet apprehended him.
The car, a white Ford Taurus was located and the owner identified. However, the owner of the car Tiffeny Michelle Cooper, told BPS investigators that she was not the driver. Cooper identified the driver as her boyfriend, Antonio Jerrold Williams. Williams is a 35 year old black male, approximately 170 pounds and 6’2″ tall.
From the report:
“On Sunday, March 19, 2017 at approximately 1254 hours, Bainbridge Public Safety Patrol Captain Terry Pait responded to 1108 East Water Street, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia in reference to a vehicle called in by an anonymous person to Public Safety fitting the description of the vehicle involved in the hit and run (pedestrian). Captain Pait observed the vehicle’s front bumper assembly to be partially torn off matching the bumper piece recovered from the original incident scene. Captain Pait also observed a large dent on the vehicle hood, a flat front left tire and the windshield busted on the right side. On top of the vehicle near the windshield appeared to be a small amount of blood splatter.
Captain Pait then made contact with the vehicle owner, Tiffeny Cooper. When asked, Tiffeny Cooper advised Officer Jayson Myers that her boyfriend Antonio Williams parked her at this location and was the one operating the vehicle at the time the hit and run occurred. When asked where Antonio Williams was at this time, she advised her home on Banks Street, Bainbridge, Georgia. Officers then proceeded on 1902 Banks Street to make contact with Antonio Williams with negative results.
The owner of the vehicle, Tiffeny Cooper, was placed under arrest on scene for an outstanding warrant for probation violation out of Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. Tiffeny Cooper was then transported to the Decatur County Jail by Officer Davina Evans. The white Ford Taurus was placed in the middle of the Bainbridge Public Safety bay area and marked off for Investigation Division (CID)”
According to the incident reports, the first accident occurred in the 500 block of Bruton Street and and the victim suffered minor injuries but was treated and released from Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge. “Upon Officer Day’s arrival, he observed a black male, identified as ****** ******* (redacted for privacy reasons), laying in the grass on the east edge of the road. Officer Day observed a black in color bicycle laying on it’s side approximately 10 feet north of ****. Officer Day observed the rear tire and wheel of the bicycle severely mangled and out of its original shape….Officer Day made contact with ***** a short time after the incident at the hospital where he learned **** had no broken bones or serious injuries.” (Incident Report)
The second accident was more serious. According to police, the victim in the second incident, which occurred in the 1800 block of south Potter Street, suffered a neck injury that required transport to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and surgery. From the incident report: “Upon Officer Day’s arrival, he observed a black Nike sandal, belonging to ***** (victim’s name redacted for privacy reasons), on the ground approximately 10 feet north of Burgess Street on Potter Street. Officer Day observed a pair of gold glasses, belonging to ****, near the middle of Potter Street, approximately 15 feet north east of the sandal. Officer Day observed another black Nike sandal, belonging to ****, on the east side of Potter, approximately 20 feet north east of the glasses. **** was found in the ditch on the west side of Potter Street, approximately 25 feet north west of the last listed sandal, and approximately 80 feet from the original location where he was believed to be struck.” (Incident Report)
A witness at the scene of the Potter Street accident stated that he saw the “vehicle hit **** and then ran off the road and hit the ditch. The witness said when the car hit the ditch, it went airborne.” (incident report)
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Antonio Jerrold Williams should contact Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-248-2038 or call 911.