ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student was arrested Wednesday for driving away while an Athens Downtown Development Authority employee was placing a boot on his car for unpaid parking fines.
Clinton Chandler Reeves, 22, was charged with simple assault and two counts of reckless conduct, Athens-Clarke County police said.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning outside the Cotton Exchange lofts on North Hull Street, police said.
A parking enforcement employee was checking vehicles in the area when she found a Jaguar that had accumulated hundreds of dollars in unpaid parking fines, police said.
She called for a coworker to place a boot on the car.
As the coworker was affixing the wheel immobilization device to the vehicle, Reeves ran out of the Cotton Exchange cursing, according to police.
He got into the car and drove away while the employee was still fitting the vehicle with the boot, police said.
Reeves drove to a parking lot on Clayton Street, where he parked the car and ran away, according to police.
The Jaguar was towed and impounded, police said.
The ADDA employee who was working on the car when it drove off was left badly shaken, police said.
His hands were trembling while being interviewed by an officer, police said, and his normal color didn’t return to his face until about an hour later.
The Jaguar was registered to Reeves’ mother in Flowery Branch.
When police later made phone contact with the student, he told an officer that his mother was on her way to the downtown station and that she would be speaking on his behalf, police said.
After arriving at the police station, she confirmed that it was her son who drove the car while it was being booted, police said.
An officer obtained warrants later in the day and Reeves was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 10:53 a.m. Wednesday.
He was released later in the afternoon after posting a total bond of $3,500.