Wreck leads to arrest

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Flomaton man who authorities say wrecked his motorcycle — and injured his two grandchildren — while operating it drunk has been indicted on assault charges.
Gary Lynn Posey, 51, of Pecan Grove Trailer Park in Flomaton, was arrested Friday after an altercation in a separate case, Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said. The grand jury indicted him last week on two charges of first-degree assault in the wreck.
Lambert said the indictment was the result of witness testimony before the grand jury alleging Posey was operating a two-wheeled vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
“The crash sent his (Posey) two grandchildren to the hospital with some serious injuries,” Lambert said. “The case was worked by the Alabama State Troopers, and details in the case fall under their jurisdiction.”
Lambert said the suspect was also involved in an altercation with another individual Friday, which lead to a second set of charges being levied against him.
“Posey was allegedly involved in an altercation with Michael Hardy at the trailer park where he lived Friday night,” Lambert said. “The altercation became physical when the victim retreated to his vehicle. Posey inflicted a severe wound on the suspect’s arm that required medical attention.”
Lambert said when officers arrived in response to the altercation call information was already in the system showing a standing indictment against the suspect.
“Our officers did their job and took him into custody at that time,” Lambert said. “He was charged with second-degree assault in the Friday night case.”
Lambert said Posey was released on a $50,000 in the indicted charges — $25,000 for each count — and $10,000 on the Friday night second-degree assault charge.
In an unrelated incident, an Atmore woman is facing assault charges after her vehicle ran over her alleged boyfriend, officials said.
Linda Shannette Knight, 30, of 144 Fennel St., claims she only meant to scare her boyfriend with her vehicle, but lost control of the 2011 Pathfinder that rolled over the victim, Mikael Cooper, 38, of the same Fennel Street address.
“The incident occurred Sunday evening around 5:30 on Henderson Lane,” Lambert said. “Dispatch received a call of a domestic disturbance and responded to the incident. When they arrived Cooper had been run over by the vehicle and was in need of medical attention.”
Lambert said the victim was transported to Atmore Community Hospital and was later transferred to U.S.A. Medical Center in Mobile to be treated for severe injuries to his lower extremities.
Knight has been charged with first-degree domestic violence assault and remained behind bars on a $10,000 bond as of press time Tuesday.
In a Monday night incident, Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call involving a physical altercation at The Tavern located on U.S. 31 South in Atmore.
“When our officers arrived they found two injured individuals,” Lambert said. “Apparently, sometime after closing, the two men got into an altercation in the parking lot of The Tavern and it escalated. The injuries were apparently inflicted by knives of some sort and both victims required medical attention.”
Lambert said no motive has been determined that lead to the altercation between the men.
Injured were Nicholas Leon White of Walnut Hill, Fla., and Jason Atkins of Mendenhall, Miss., Lambert said.
“One of the victims had a cut or stab wound to the neck,” Lambert said. “The other victim had been stabbed three times in the chest. Both men were transported to Atmore Community Hospital to be treated for the injuries.”
No charges have been filed in the case, Lambert said.