A 36-year-old man from Augusta was recently arrested in Coffee County after a drug detective reportedly witnessed him strike a woman in a vehicle. The altercation, according to the victim, stemmed from her forgetting money to purchase drinks. Detectives also reported discovering suspected methamphetamine on the suspect, Brandon Durden, and other drug-related objects inside the vehicle, leading to additional charges.
A Coffee County Drug Unit detective, according to the report, was traveling northbound on Highway 441 South in Douglas on May 11 when he reportedly witnessed the altercation occur inside a white Chevy Malibu. The detective stated that he stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Highway 441 South and Bowens Mill Road Southeast. The detective initially made contact with the victim, a 37-year-old female from Fitzgerald.
The victim told the detective that Durden was "tired, angry, and upset with her because she had forgotten to grab some money to purchase drinks at the store." The report continued, "This had caused him to take his anger out on her by striking her three to four times on the side of the head and face with a closed fist."
Durden was then placed under arrest for battery - family violence, and detectives conducted a search incident to his arrest. According to the report, a detective located less than one gram of methamphetamine inside Durden’s pants pockets.
The detective stated that the victim then gave them consent to search the vehicle for "other illicit substances." As a result, detectives reportedly located a white PVC pipe wrapped in black electrical tape inside Durden’s personal backpack. In addition, two needles "used to inject substances into the skin" and multiple 1x1 inch plastic bags containing methamphetamine residue were also reportedly found inside the pipe.
Durden was transported to the Coffee County Jail and charged with several counts, including battery - family violence, two counts of possession of a drug-related object, and possession of methamphetamine.