STOCKBRIDGE — A Peach County man was arrested on the side of Interstate 75 Sunday morning after he allegedly assaulted a Georgia Department of Transportation HERO unit operator attempting to assist in a tractor-trailer accident near mile marker 227.
The operator told police the man first threw a brick at his supply truck, then picked up a large tow hook broken off the tractor-trailer and hurled it in his direction, according to a report filed by the Henry County Police Department. The hook landed in I-75 southbound traffic and was hit by a passing car, causing a tire blow-out.
Devin Jarnard Ross, 26, of Fort Valley reportedly attempted to make entry into the HERO unit while the operator was assisting with the accident at about 5:30 a.m. When the operator approached the man, he claimed he was left on the side of the road and needed a ride to Warner Robins.
“(The operator) stated that he told Mr. Ross that wasn’t possible because (he) was working the site of the accident,” a responding Henry County Police officer stated in the report. The operator told Ross he would call police, who could take him to the nearest exit at Hudson Bridge Road.
Ross then grew increasingly upset, the operator told police, allegedly cursing and raising his hands. Sensing danger, the operator backed away from the man, and Ross reportedly picked up a brick and threw it at the HERO unit. He then grabbed and threw the tow hook, according to the police report.
The operator told police he was unable to get to the hook before it was hit by a passing black minivan with Indiana tags. The minivan blew a tire and pulled to the side of the interstate to await help.
When police arrived just before 5:30 a.m., Ross was reportedly laying on the ground after confronting tow truck employees. He told officers that he was coming from a party in…