Suspect arrested in Grovetown park damage, hit-and-run

James Smith
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Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 9:56 AM EST
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - An arrest has been made in the investigation into criminal damage found at Goodale Park.

Investigators say at 3:47 p.m. Sunday, Grovetown police took James Smith into custody at his residence in the 300 block of Whiskey Road in Grovetown.

After Smith was taken into custody, it was learned that he had been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Richmond County at 11 p.m. Saturday. He was subsequently charged with various traffic offenses, including driving under the influence.

Smith was to be taken to the Columbia County Detention Center and charged with criminal damage to property in the second degree and interference with government property, with additional charges possible.

According to Grovetown Mayor Gary Jones, Goodale Park is closed until further notice.

“The damages are extensive and were caused by a vehicle intentionally,” Jones said. “Chief Kitchens has assigned criminal investigators to this incident and rest assured, we will have the suspect (s) in custody soon. They will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as possible.”

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