Richard Joseph Howard

A Rossville man was arrested in Fort Oglethorpe after he allegedly crashed into his ex-girlfriend’s car while trying to run her off the road, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Richard Joseph Howard, 36, of 2472 North Highway 341 in Rossville, was arrested Sept. 4 on charges of aggravated assault, reckless driving, stalking, not stopping at the scene of an accident, weaving, following too closely, striking a fixed object, and failure to obey traffic signs. His bond was set at $5,000.

A few days before Howard’s arrest, on Aug. 27, officers were called to a strange scene at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and Van Cleve Street, where they found two wrecked vehicles, but no drivers anywhere in sight.

Witnesses told Sgt. Greg Wingo the story of how a black Nissan Altima had crashed into a Honda Accord and subsequently ran into a power pole.

“The witnesses said the driver of the Nissan intentionally rammed the Honda, running it off the road,” Wingo said. “In the process, the Nissan struck and broke the power pole.”

Witness also stated the driver of the Nissan, which was later identified as Howard, ran over to the Honda after the fact, and attempted to get the female driver out of the vehicle.

“They (witnesses) said he jumped on top of the car and was jumping on the windshield, which shattered,” Wingo said.

Howard ran from the scene shortly thereafter, as did the female victim after Howard was out of sight, reports show.

The victim returned to the scene a short time later, claiming she went for help after the encounter with Howard.

Wingo says he interview the victim, who told the same story as the witnesses near the scene.

“The victim said her ex-boyfriend, Richard Howard, had been following her as she was going to her new boyfriend’s house,” Wingo said. “She said she turned from Van Cleve Street onto Patterson Avenue when Howard accelerated through the intersection and rammed into her car.”

Warrants were obtained for Howard's arrest, and he was located eight days later on Sept. 4.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.

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