Man surrenders after police surround house

A Grovetown man surrendered to police early today after several hours in his estranged wife’s house on Hereford Farm Road.

Police say James Carswell, 61, of the 1100 block of Dodge Lane, had an ax when he forced his way into the home of Cheryl Carswell, 61, about midnight.

Mrs. Carswell fled the home in Mr. Carswell’s truck.

When police arrived, Mr. Carswell refused to come out of the home, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Mr. Carswell eventually surrendered without incident, Capt. Morris said. He complained of chest pains and was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Capt. Morris said.

Mr. Carswell will face police obstruction charges, Capt. Morris said.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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