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April 23, 2014

Officials: Man jailed for driving toward officer

A Chatsworth man who officials said accelerated a vehicle toward a law enforcement officer who was approaching on foot remains in the Murray County jail without bond.

Bobby Lee Dixon, 42, of 2396 Smyrna Ramhurst Road, was charged Monday by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office with possession of Clonazepam, possession of a drug-related object and aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer.

Detective Shannon Ramsey said he and several other officers were working with state probation officers doing a probation compliance check at Dixon’s home on Monday shortly before 9 a.m. Dixon has been convicted of drug-related and aggravated stalking charges, records show. The probation checks can be performed at any point during a person’s sentence.

Ramsey said when no one answered a knock at the door, a pair of officers went around one side of the mobile home and another officer approached from the opposite side and discovered a 2001 Ford Expedition with the engine running at the back of the home.

“Then, for whatever reason, the vehicle accelerated and went forward towards one of our detectives,” Ramsey said.

He said officers — all of them clearly in police uniforms — unholstered their weapons and ordered Dixon to stop, which he did, an estimated 8 or 10 feet from the officer he was driving toward. Officials found drugs and scales in the vehicle, Ramsey said.

A passenger, Joshua Johnathon Densmore, 33, of 117 Weaver Road, Chatsworth, was charged Monday by the sheriff’s office with purchase, possession or control of Clonazepam and trafficking in meth. He also remained in the Murray County jail without bond Wednesday.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, Dixon was sentenced to five years for a drug-related offense in Murray County in 2009 and 15 years for another drug-related charge committed on an unspecified date. He was also sentenced to five years for aggravated stalking in Whitfield County on an unspecified date.

Records show he was imprisoned in June 2009 and released in August 2011.

Department of Corrections records show Densmore was sentenced to seven years for possession of meth in Murray County in 2007, four years for aggravated assault in Murray County in 2001 and five years for entering a vehicle in Murray County on an unspecified date. Records show he was most recently imprisoned in January 2010 and released in December 2011.

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