Only On 12: Accused Son Speaks Out

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News 12 at 11 o'clock, October 25, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga -- A 16-year-old charged with assault for hitting his father with a lead pipe is telling his side of the story only to News 12.

He says his father, Tony Powell, was drinking and driving. That's why he and his brother, 15, were trying to help their father, not hurt him.

"All it was was an accident.".

Powell is at MCG in critical condition after a lead pipe cracked his skull, piercing his brain.

"When you saw your dad what was going through your mind?" we asked the 16-year-old.

"That we hurt him."

But he says that's exactly what he and his brother were trying to prevent. The boys say their father was drinking heavily that day well into the night and they didn't want him to drink and drive.

"I was trying to get him to stay home because all he does when he does that is he hurts everyone around him," says the teenager.

Earlier in the day he says he and his brother threw rocks at the truck, even stood in the road to block it, but his father still took off.

Then, a few hours later, Tony Powell came back down Amarillo Drive to drop off his neighbor, Benjamin Barrett, at home. "He pulled in and I said hey man, they got pipes in their hand, you better watch out," Barrett said. "I went on in the house because I didn't want to get in a confrontation , you know what I'm saying? But it was his own kids, he said, 'They're just mad at me, I might get a black eye but I'll be alright'."

Witnesses say Powell then tore out of Barrett's driveway and headed back to the road. That's when his son threw the pipe to stop him. "When I threw the pole the back of the truck was facing us, but he spun the truck and that's how it hit him."

Now along with possibly losing his father, he's facing criminal charges.

"I just want my dad to be OK. I love him and I'm sorry."

Tony Powell is in very critical condition at MCG. Family members say he is unconscious and under heavy sedation.

If Mr. Powell doesn't make it, investigators say his son, who is now charged as a juvenile, could face additional charges.

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