Man gets year in jail for throwing log through a car windshield

Cameron Lee Carroll

A Whitfield County man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail and nine years on probation after being indicted for throwing a log through the windshield of a car and setting a woman’s clothes and the car’s front tire on fire.

Cameron Lee Carroll, 25, was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault (family violence), terroristic acts, arson in the second degree, criminal damage to property in the second degree and terroristic threats by the Whitfield County grand jury in September.

Tuesday in Judge Cindy Morris’ court, Carroll pleaded guilty to a lesser count of battery (family violence) and terroristic acts. The remaining charges against him were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea, according to the District Attorney’s office. Carroll also must pay a $750 fine, complete 100 hours of community service, complete a family violence intervention program and have no contact with the victim.

The case stems from an incident in July when a Whitfield County deputy was sent to Carroll’s home at 162 Alcoa Drive on a domestic dispute call of a man with a machete setting a woman’s car on fire and swinging the machete at her, according to the incident report.

The report said that Carroll said he “was showing her what pissed off was.” The woman told the deputy they had been boyfriend and girlfriend but they had broken up. He convinced her to come back. When she tried to leave the night of the incident, he went “crazy,” said. She told the deputy Carroll threw a log through the windshield of a car while she was in it, causing injuries to her forearm and pinky finger.

She then told the deputy that Carroll set her clothes and one of the car’s tires on fire with a propane torch and was swinging a machete at her. She also said he set some of her clothes on fire and threw them at her. A deputy recovered a machete and small camping propane tank from the top of a shed where he saw Carroll throwing items when he arrived.

The Public Defender’s office, which represented Carroll, had no comment on the case.

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