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Brunswick Judge Faces Aggressive Driving Charge; City Court's Lakin Accused of Angrily Following Woman in August Incident

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick Judge Faces Aggressive Driving Charge; City Court's Lakin Accused of Angrily Following Woman in August Incident

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | City court Judge Andrew Lakin was arrested on an aggressive driving charge Monday in an Aug. 18 incident in which he is accused of angrily following a woman nine miles through Brunswick.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said Scott Hinson, chief magistrate in Effingham County, issued the warrant Monday morning after Glynn police Sgt. Eric Naugel provided him with the findings of an investigation into the matter.

"I called [Lakin's] lawyer, told him we had the warrant and asked him to surrender at the Sheriff's Office,'' Doering said.

Doering said he served the warrant on Lakin, who was processed, then released on his own recognizance.

Lakin could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Aggressive driving is a high and aggravated misdemeanor under Georgia law, which can result in a sentence of 12 months in jail and a fine up to $5,000.

The incident began on U.S. 341 north of the Brunswick city limits as Kimberly Williams was driving her Honda Pilot south about 8:20 a.m. when she signaled a lane change to get around a tractor trailer, Naugle's report says.

Williams, who is the wife of a Glynn County police officer, said Lakin accelerated quickly from behind to prevent the lane change and continued to follow her in his Cadillac CTS, sometimes within four to eight feet, as she tried to get away from him, the report says.

Williams said that as she accelerated with the speed of traffic after going through a school zone on U.S. 341, Lakin sped up and was "pressing her from behind,'' the report says.

A videotape from a business corroborates her statement, Naugle wrote.

The report details Williams' turns around several blocks downtown, sometimes near her workplace at the federal probation office, with Lakin driving "on her bumper" or beside her vehicle until finally city police officer Kevin Echols stopped him. …

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