The defendant, 24-year-old Justin Franklin Bacon, will be represented by public defender Julie Moore for the jury trial, now scheduled for the week of Oct. 15. He faces a total of eight charges, including false imprisonment, aggravated assault and attempting to elude officers.
Bacon's trial postponement was granted by Superior Court Judge John Simpson, the prosecutor said, because the state had almost a dozen witnesses to bring in, including some law enforcement officers who are on vacation. Because no party thought there would be enough time this week to finish the trial, the case was continued.
According to reports from the Carrollton Police Department, Bacon was causing a disturbance at the McDonald's on Bankhead Highway around midnight Dec. 17, 2011.
A man was arrested on Saturday after he reportedly assaulted two women in Carrollton and then led officers on a chase down Bankhead Highway.
According to reports from the Carrollton Police Department, the suspect, identified as Bacon.
“Dispatch advised [that] the suspect had chased several male subjects in the parking lot of McDonald’s trying to fight with them. They then advised the suspect had left McDonald’s, but was ramming his truck into a car,” read the department’s weekend report. “When Officer [Johnny] Lynn arrived, the male suspect then fled in his vehicle.”
The report indicates that the chase, involving several CPD officers, commenced down Bankhead Highway towards Villa Rica. Sgt. Craig Gibson, Cpl. Brad Easterwood, and Cpl. Cynthia Lewis were able to box the suspect’s truck in with their patrol cars near the Sales Barn, where the suspect then fled on foot. He was apprehended a few minutes later in the parking lot of Scott Evans Dodge with the help of several units from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
Following the suspect’s arrest, officers discovered that Bacon and his girlfriend were in town visiting a friend, and the three had gone to a club, where officers believe Bacon first began to assault the woman.
After leaving the club, the friend was dropped off, and the suspect drove the woman to McDonald’s where investigations indicate he continued to “beat on her” in front of several witnesses.
“She tried to get away, but he dragged her by the throat to his truck,” the report read. “When some male subjects tried to intervene, Justin chased them, trying to fight with them. He then rammed a woman’s car twice with his truck and then got out and punched her several times.”
According to Capt. Chris Dobbs, the police's chase of Bacon did not take very long.
“The officers were able to stop him very quickly,” Dobbs said. “He was obviously being extremely violent that night, not only to his girlfriend but to other people that were there. It was good to get him picked up and off the streets that night before he really hurt somebody.”
All totaled, Bacon is charged with kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, misdemeanor battery and obstructing or hindering a 911 call.