Ga. lawmaker accused of choking teen

A woman says Sen. David Lucas placed his hands around her 14-year-old son's neck at a campaign event for Lucas' wife.



MACON, Ga. — A central Geor­gia sheriff is seeking state assistance as he investigates claims that a Georgia legislator choked a teenager during a public event.

The Macon Telegraph reported that Bibb County Sheriff David Davis asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for help
with allegations concerning state Sen. David Lucas of Macon.

Davis said Friday that he had “the utmost confidence in the unbiased skills of the Bibb sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division,” but that an outside agency should be involved given the political nature of the incident.

A woman accused Lucas of putting his hands around the neck of her 14-year-old son during a campaign event held Wednesday for Lucas’ wife, Macon Councilwoman Elaine Lucas.

The senator denied choking the youth. He said he began to lose his temper and was restrained by others at the event.

Elaine Lucas is running against Terry Tripp for a seat for the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government. Members of Tripp’s family showed up at the Lucas event, resulting in a verbal dispute that involved the son of David and Elaine Lucas.

The sheriff’s office said it is interviewing witnesses and reviewing videos taken at the scene.