WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County woman is accused of dousing the father of her children with lighter fluid, setting their RV on fire and fleeing sheriffs deputies in a van with young children inside.
Magen Marie Acuff, 26, was charged with aggravated assault, arson, fleeing and attempting to elude, cruelty to children and criminal damage to property, Houston County sheriffs Lt. Ronnie Harlowe said.
About 11:40 a.m. Friday, sheriffs deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance between the parents in the 1300 block of the Dunbar Road extension. The name of the father was not immediately available nor was it known whether the couple lived together or were married, Harlowe said.
The father received some injuries from the scuffle with Acuff, Harlowe said. The RV fire already had been put out when authorities arrived, Harlowe said.
Sheriffs deputies caught up with Acuff as she was traveling south down Interstate 75, but she refused to pull over, and a chase ensued at speeds that reached 80 and 90 miles per hour.
Attempts by telephone to persuade Acuff to pull over were unsuccessful, Harlowe said.
She said she was not stopping until she got to Florida, he said.
Deputies executed a rolling road block of Acuffs van at Exit 109 in Dooly County, not far from the Crisp County line, Harlowe said.
A pair of 3-month-old twins, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old were inside the van, Harlowe said. No one was injured.
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