Grovetown man accused of ramming Athens police car


ATHENS, Ga. — After getting kicked off the Baxter Street Campus of St. Mary’s Hospital, a Grovetown man seemed to intentionally crash his truck into an Athens-Clarke police cruiser.


Athens-Clarke police said they were called to the hospital at about 12:50 a.m. Friday after security guards caught 58-year-old James Michael Davis wandering around restricted areas.

The guards told officers that Davis first told them he was considering conversion to Catholicism. He then said he was “just touring” the hospital, according to police.

“He did not seem to understand that a self-guided tour of the hospital that included operating rooms and secure sterile areas was not welcome,” an officer wrote in a police incident report.

While the officer wrote up a notice that Davis was to be barred from the hospital for two years, the suspect made insulting comments to the police and security guards and promised to have them fired, according to police.

After being escorted outside, Davis walked completely around the hospital building and was told by an officer that he needed to leave immediately, police said.

He jotted down the numbers of two patrol cars and told officers he planned to forward the information to the federal government and they would end up in prison.

As Davis drove from the parking deck, his truck accelerated from the exit and made a very wide turn, striking a parked patrol car on the other side of the street, according to police.

“He stopped the (truck) and asked if he hit something,” the officer wrote in his report, adding that one of the patrol car’s doors had been crushed and the other badly scraped. “He then claimed that he had a problem with one eye, which was the reason for hitting the car. He told me he had intended to get treatment for this eye problem at the hospital, but he was barred before he could set up an appointment.”

A Georgia State Patrol trooper who arrived to investigate the collision said Davis appeared to be under the influence of drugs and arrested him for DUI.

Davis, who is white, was rude with the black trooper and used racial epithets, according to police.

Police charged Davis with felony interference with government property.