published Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Whitfield County Sheriff's Office: Man tries to run over trailer

Authorities say a Chatsworth, Ga., man tried to run over a 76-year-old woman's trailer with his pickup truck.

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office report, Joshua Craig Lowe, 30, showed up at 759 Keith Drive in Dalton, Ga., on Tuesday around 2 p.m. Lowe had been drinking, and he came to see his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Tiffanie Elaine Palmer.

She had just moved in with her grandmother, and when Lowe found out he slashed her tires. He later fixed them. Then, Monday night, he asked her to leave her grandmother's. She said no.

Then, according to deputies, Palmer found another tire slashed Tuesday morning.

After Lowe showed up Tuesday afternoon, and after Palmer said that she would not leave with him, Lowe got into an argument with 62-year-old Mark Allen Toney, who also lives on the property. Toney later told authorities that Lowe made two threats.

First, according to the report, Lowe said he was going to shoot Toney. Then he said he was going to run over the trailer. Lowe then hopped in his 2002 Dodge pickup.

He drove forward and backed up several times, his tires spitting gravel. He kept yelling at Palmer. More people came outside, Palmer told police, and they "grabbed yard tools to keep him from succeeding."

When officers arrived, Lowe told them that he drank some of the beers from the 30-pack in his truck. But he said he wasn't drunk. He said that he and Palmer argued, and that others came outside to hit his truck with the yard tools, and that all the tire marks on the property came from him avoiding conflict.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's office arrested Lowe, of 422 Falcon Circle, on charges of aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, possession of tools in commission of a crime and disorderly conduct. He remained in jail early Wednesday afternoon.

Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at 423-757-6476 or tjett@times freepress.com.

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