MOULTRIE — A Moultrie woman who was involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon that injured six people was later involved in an argument about the accident in which a gun was pointed at her.

Wanda R. Johnson, 34, of 610 Fourth Ave. S.W., was driving her Ford Explorer east on First Avenue Southeast at 5:13 p.m. Monday. Moultrie police reports said that as she approached the Old Adel Road intersection, a Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by Cecilio Vargas Juarez, 25, of 190 David St. in Adel, turned in front of the Explorer to get onto Old Adel Road, and the two vehicles collided.

Juarez and five people in the Explorer were taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the accident, reports said. A hospital spokesperson said all six people, ranging from 7 years old to 37 years old, were all treated for their injuries and released Monday.

Juarez was cited for defective equipment and driving without a license, and Johnson was charged with driving with a suspended license. She was booked into Colquitt County Jail and released on subpoena, returning to her residence following the accident.

At 9:02 p.m. Monday night, Johnson’s sister, Teresa Johnson, called police about a fight between Wanda Johnson and a male acquaintance. The argument, which the Johnsons said was about the accident, escalated in front of Wanda Johnson’s children, and the man allegedly pulled a gun on her.

When an officer arrived at the residence, reports said the male acquaintance told officers that everything was fine and left the residence. Wanda Johnson, however, stated the acquaintance went on the back door and got rid of the gun just before the officer came to the front door. The officer noted in his report that he heard the back door open and close as he walked to the front door.

The officer was unable to locate the gun, however, reports said.


• Jose Guadalupe Cortes, 26, of 5712 Coolsprings Road, was charged Sunday with three counts of aggravated assault and cruelty to children.

• Russell Earl Harrell, 29, of 123 Seventh Ave. S.W., was charged Tuesday with failure to maintain lane, DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Other Incidents

• A clerk at Inland on First Avenue Southeast reported an unknown person pumped $16.45 in gasoline Monday and left without paying for it. The clerk was unable to provide officers with any information about the vehicle or driver due to a delivery truck blocking her view.

• Willie Lewis reported an unknown person broke out four windows at a residence on Eighth Street Northwest between Sunday and 12:37 p.m. Monday. Total damage to the windows was approximately $200.

• Susan Owens reported an unknown person threw a brick at the rear door of her Nissan Quest, denting the door, in an attempt to break out the rear window while it was parked at Southwest Gym on Fifth Street Southwest Friday. Damage to the door was estimated at less than $500.

• A clerk at the Quick Stop on 26th Avenue Southeast reported an unknown person pumped $30 in gasoline Monday and left without paying for it. The clerk described the vehicle as a brown Ford F-150, driven by a black male, and he provided officers with a tag number from the truck.

• Ricky Newsome, of Dunn Lane, reported he was driving his Coachman motor home on his property Monday when the accelerator got stuck or he accidentally put it into cruise control. The motor home accelerated toward a pond and, despite Newsome’s efforts to stop it, ran front end first into the pond. It was submerged to the back axle when sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene.

• William Hickey, of 21st Avenue Northeast, reported a male acquaintance tore the back door of his residence off the frame and stole a Leinad handgun, a Microsoft X-box with a game and a jar filled with coins Saturday. The total value of the stolen items was $800.

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