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Fight ends when truck strikes man

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A fight in Horseshoe Bend ended in a man being run over by a truck in an attempt to disarm him, according to authorities.

Keith Varnado, 46, of Horseshoe Bend attacked Derrick Rushin and Dakoda Rushin, both in their late 20s, of Horseshoe Bend with a machete during a confrontation at Pavilion and Bob White Streets in Horseshoe Bend, authorities said.

The Rushins had been dropped off by Jason Jones, 25, of Cherokee Village who said Varnado confronted the two Rushins with the machete, Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell said. Varnado and the Rushins live on Pavilion, he said.

Mitchell said one witness told him Varnado was cursing and swinging the machete wildly. Varnado allegedly swung the machete at Jones while he was in his truck, the witness said.

Jones ran over Varnado with one of the front wheels of his four-wheel drive Chevrolet truck, which had a brushguard, Mitchell said. Varnado hung onto the front of the vehicle while this happened, Mitchell said. This led to Varnado being disarmed by the Rushins, according to the police report.

Varnado was transported to Fulton County Hospital by ambulance for the injuries he sustained. He suffered pelvic fractures and was treated and released from the hospital later that night, Mitchell said.

Varnado is charged with carrying a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. The misdemeanor is punishable by $1,000 fine and up to one year in county jail.

The case remains under investigation as police sift through conflicting accounts of what happened, according to authorities.

Mitchell said he expects more charges.

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