QUITMAN COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - A Quitman County man believes laced marijuana led him to attack a sheriff's deputy when the officer showed up at his house.
Deputy Chad Conley, who has been with the Quitman County Sheriff's Office for about a month, responded to a call at a home in Morris, GA Wednesday night. Morris is an unincorporated section of the county, about 12-13 miles outside of Georgetown and Conley was the only deputy on duty.
Sheriff Steve Newton says his deputies have been called out to that house several times in the past week in reference to a mental/deranged man acting very unusual.
When Conley tried to arrest the suspect, 29-year-old Frederick Coley, Coley tried to run and a fight started between the two. Deputy Conley tazed Coley, used his baton and his fists but none of that seemed to work. The deputy is 280 lbs. but Coley had unusual strength for his slim frame, even picking the officer up multiple times during the fight.
Conley called for help and officers from Quitman and Randolph County responded along with EMTs and volunteer firefighters. Once Coley was taken into custody at the scene, Conley collapsed from exhaustion.
Both men were taken to the hospital. Deputy Conley was left with a bone bruise on his shin and a bruised hand. Coley had scratches to his face and was taken into custody.
Back at Coley's house, Sheriff Newton says deputies found more than a ½ pound of marijuana in a shed and $1000 cash.
Coley told officials he believes the marijuana was laced with something which led to his behavior, saying he is not normally a violent person.,
He's charged with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Obstruction of an Office and Aggravated Battery. He's being held in the Miller County Jail.
Due to budget shortfalls, Sheriff Newton says he is very concerned about the safety of his deputies since there is only one deputy working at a time. In this case, other officers had to respond from home to help Conley. Sheriff Newton says he could have been very seriously injured.