A Newnan man is facing aggravated assault charges after he allegedly intentionally struck a neighbor with his car, then threatened several people with a machete.
Peter Douglas Wood, 45, was arrested Wednesday after Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault with injuries call at 60 Westport Place.
When they arrived, deputies discovered a man lying in the yard with visible injuries but conscious and alert after being struck by a red car driven by Wood, according to a witness.
A red Ford Focus was located partially in the driveway of 54 Westport Place, according to deputies.
After the victim was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital, the witness told deputies he and the victim were walking their dogs around 7 a.m. when they saw a red car approaching at a high rate of speed and stepped off the roadway to avoid being hit.
According to the witness, Wood drove up onto the curb and around the mailbox, intentionally striking the victim before continuing down the street.
The witness said he was able to dodge out of the way when Wood turned around and came back up the street, driving up on the curb and attempting to strike the men again.
According to the witness, Wood then stepped out of his vehicle and began waving a machete and threatening the two men and one of Wood’s relatives, who had come out of his house to help the injured man.
A machete was recovered near the front flower bed of the residence.
According to the report, deputies eventually handcuffed Wood – who allegedly was pacing, getting anxious and talking rapidly as deputies were investigating the incident – and placed him in the back of a patrol car.
Wood reportedly was rambling, claiming someone was poisoning his family and changing the letters on money orders from Walmart.
Wood told deputies he hit the victim because he was pulling into the driveway too fast and said, “He tried to come at me.”
The witness and victim accounts allegedly matched footage captured on a neighbor’s security camera, and the a copy of the video recording was turned over to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was treated for injuries to his left elbow, right arm and both legs.
Wood was transported to the Coweta County Jail and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
In April of 2017, Wood was charged in relation to another incident in the neighborhood. At 8:30 that morning, a resident called 911 to report someone trying to enter her home. The man, identified as Wood, allegedly hopped a fence into the backyard and began beating on the windows of the home with a stick in his hand.
Wood was charged with criminal trespass, attempted burglary and obstruction of officers in the April 27 incident. A nearby school resource officer was the first on the scene and made contact with Wood, who then ran into the woods, Lt. John Kennedy said at the time.
While authorities searched for Wood, Poplar Road and Welch Elementary schools were placed on Code Yellow lockdown. A K-9 unit and helicopter were brought in to assist with the search.