Police investigate wreck, alleged dispute on I-75

By Jason A. Smith


Henry County Police are working to determine the events which led to a wreck on Interstate 75 Friday afternoon, exacerbating rush-hour gridlock for motorists for more than two hours.

The incident took place at approximately 4 p.m., at the Walt Stephens Road overpass on I-75, southbound. According to Henry Police Capt. Jason Bolton, four people were traveling together, when two of the vehicle's occupants began arguing.

"One of the passengers, a male subject, may have jumped from the vehicle as a result of the dispute," said Bolton.

The driver of the car, which was a Ford Crown Victoria, reportedly lost control of the vehicle in an area of the interstate where construction crews were working at the time. Bolton said the damage to the car was minor.

"The car may have hit a couple of [construction] cones, and gone off the road," he added.

Bolton refuted initial reports that indicated that a police chase took place during the incident.

Traffic on the interstate was reportedly backed up significantly before the wreck occurred. Bolton said the incident further contributed to the traffic jam.

Police began interviewing the occupants of the vehicle following the alleged altercation, but had not made any arrests in the case as of late Friday.