A 73 year old man remains lodged in the Floyd County Jail after being accused of shooting at vehicles leaving the Wings Over North Georgia air show on Sunday.
According to Floyd County Jail records, Jerome D. Benesh fired guns from within his vehicle and pointed the weapons at other drivers while traveling in and out of the extremely heavy traffic on Old Dalton Road and Highway 140 following the event at the airport. At one point he was involved in a hit and run with another vehicle, according to the report. Benesh also allegedly failed to stop when an officer got behind him and he passed other vehicles after being signaled to pull over. Once stopped, he reportedly resisted arrest.
Benesh is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, reckless conduct, pointing or aiming a firearm at another, hit and run, driving on the wrong side of the road, passing in a no-passing zone, aggressive driving, discharging a weapon near a public highway, and three counts of felony obstruction of officers. He is also charged with 1st-degree cruelty to children because there were juvenile victims who were visibly upset and feared they may get shot.
Police state that Benesh was apparently angry because he’d received incorrect information about the air show, and arrived as it was closing.
No people or vehicles were hit by the gunfire.