A man was charged with driving under the influence and failing in duty after striking a fixed object following an incident that happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 21, 2013 in the Loganville area of Walton County. His female passenger was transported to Clearview Regional Medical Center.
According to the report from the Walton County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a 911 call after 4 a.m. Monday morning to find a woman in the parking lot of Center Hill Church, bleeding profusely. She is reported to have called 911 claiming someone was trying to kill her. Deputies found a vehicle in the ditch at Highway 20 and Moon Road with the engine running, the wheels still spinning and the two front doors open. Nobody was inside.
The woman reportedly was unable to give deputies any details, but officers were able to identify her by details in her purse. A cell phone also was located with a profile of a man named Joel Lankford.
While deputies were working the scene, a call came in regarding a prowler on the front porch of a home on Escoe Road, which was a short distance away. Deputies responded and, when confronted, the reported prowler identified himself as Joel Lankford. When asked what he was doing there, he is reported to have told officers that the aliens brought him there. According to the report, he told officers he thought he was in Lilburn.
Lankford was taken back to the scene of the wreck and deputies reported that he appeared to be very unsteady on his feet and had the smell of alcohol on his breath. He was arrested and charged with DUI and failing in his duty after striking a fixed object. The woman was transported to the hospital.
A spokesman with the WCSO said the incident is still under investigation.