Police shoot at motorist for endangering deputies

WARNER ROBINS — A Hawkinsville motorist was fired upon when he pulled out of a Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network on Friday night, endangering officers working the roadblock on Ga. 247, police said.

Eddie Charles Singletary, 38, of Hawkinsville, was charged with aggravated battery for endangering law enforcement officers when he pulled his car out of the roadblock on Ga. 247 between Elberta Road and the Bibb County line, Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Robert Clark said.

Singletary was also charged with both felony and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, fleeing and attempting to elude police, reckless driving and other traffic charges, Clark said.

About 9:38 p.m. Friday, Singletary was being questioned by Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Guy Fussell about driving without having his license on him when Singletary apparently overheard police radio transmission of a possible open warrant for him for failing to appear in Perry municipal court, according to Clark and the sheriff’s incident report.

Fussell ordered Singletary to shut off his car and give him his keys but Singletary began to back up the car and refused Fussell’s commands to stop, the report said.

Fussell incurred some bruising to his arm when Singletary backed out, Clark said. As Singletary “lurched forward and drove toward” two Bibb County sheriff’s deputies as he pulled out of the roadblock, one of the deputies opened fire and struck his car, according to Clark and the report. Authorities caught up with Singletary down the road in Bibb County, according to the report.

Singletary, who was not injured, was being held Monday in the Houston County jail.