Jerome Benesh

Jerome Benesh

A Canton man accused of taking potshots at drivers leaving the Wings Over North Georgia air show in Rome was in jail without bond on numerous charges Sunday night.

According to Floyd County Police Capt. Chad Johnson and Floyd County Jail records:

Jerome Benesh, 73, of Canton told jail officers he was angry that he missed the show.

“He thought it started at 5 p.m. but it was closing, and then he got stuck in traffic,” Johnson said. “We had multiple witnesses saying he was going in and out of traffic, firing off rounds.”

No one was injured and police could find no vehicles that had been struck by bullets.

The incident started around Old Dalton Road and continued when Benesh turned onto Ga. 140. A Rome police officer caught up with him at Ervin Coker Road, but then Benesh drove off. He was finally stopped and arrested at Ga. 53.

Johnson said the air show was just letting out and “there were probably 100 cars” on the road at the time. Multiple guns were found in Benesh’s white Jeep.

Benesh is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of felony obstruction of an officer, cruelty to children in the first degree and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

He’s also facing misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct, reckless driving, pointing a gun at another, discharging a firearm near a public highway, aggressive driving, fleeing a law enforcement officer, failure to stop at the scene of an accident involving property damage, driving on the wrong side of the road and passing in a no-passing zone. 

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