The City of Thomson had one of its new street lamps totally destroyed when a motorcyclist struck it and then left the scene on Monday, Aug. 23.
Since then, a Columbia County man reportedly has confessed to the crimes and been arrested, according to Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson.
Chief Nelson identified the suspect as Charles "Chuck" Jones, 42, of the 7000 block of Rancee Perry Road, Appling. Mr. Jones, who was taken into custody the following day, was charged with failure to report an accident with damages and hit and run, according to Investigator Capt. J. Bridges.
After the charges were levied against him, he was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center by Sgt. Jammie Smith.
He since has been released on a $1,200 cash bond.
During the investigation of the wreck the following day, Chief Nelson said he learned the name of the man believed responsible for the damages to the light pole and slight damages to a doorway of a business.
Mr. Jones, who works at a local business, first denied any knowledge concerning the incident that occurred in front of Ivery's Restaurant on Railroad Street about 11 p.m., Investigator Bridges said.
"He later confessed to wrecking his motorcycle," Capt. Bridges said.
"He indicated that he was spinning his tires, showing out in front of some friends, and lost control of his bike."
The Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Mr. Jones was driving slammed into the street lamp, which was installed by city officials in a downtown streetscape project.
The street lamp was knocked down. It crashed onto the sidewalk, damaging a doorway area of the restaurant.
Mr. Jones, who was slightly injured as a result of the wreck, earlier had been with friends at Hoggie Joe's, according to a police report filed by Thomson Police Officer Patrick Sanders.