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Man charged with first-degree assault

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

ATHENS — Athens police arrested an Elkmont man Monday for allegedly causing his ex-girlfriend and her companion to have a traffic accident in February.

Capt. Marty Bruce said police charged Anthony Wayne Defoe, 19, of 22391 New Garden Road, Elkmont, with first-degree assault after a 21/2-month investigation.

Bruce said Defoe apparently wrecked driver Jeremy Williams and Stephanie Ezell, his former girlfriend, on Lindsay Lane near Alabama 251 at about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Bruce said Defoe saw the couple waiting in the Starbucks drive-through on U.S. 72 and became irate at seeing Ezell with another man.

"Defoe told Williams and Ezell he wasn't going to do anything there, but when they got into the county he would get them," Bruce said.

According to Bruce, the two vehicles were traveling north on Lindsay Lane when Defoe passed Williams and then began tapping his brakes.

Williams tried to pass Defoe, but Defoe crossed the centerline, striking Williams' vehicle and forcing him off the road.

The vehicle hit a tree, and Williams suffered a leg injury. MedFlight transported Ezell to Huntsville Hospital with injuries that included a broken hip, eight broken ribs, a bruised lung and a torn spleen. Defoe was not injured.

Ezell and Williams recovered from their injuries, Bruce said.

After booking Defoe on Monday, police transferred him to Limestone County Jail. Defoe was released on $10,000 bond.

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