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Man holds Cedartown woman captive after leaving the scene of an accident

Mitchell Bright/Barbara Sherbert
Mitchell Bright/Barbara Sherbert

Polk County police were dispatched to the area of Cherokee Road and North College Drive Wednesday afternoon after Polk County 911 received a report of an abandoned vehicle which collided with a tree causing extensive damage to the vehicle as well as adjoining property and street signs.

The property owner heard the crash when it happened and a worker on the property saw a white male subject leaving the scene.

Officers ran the tag number and discovered that the vehicle was registered to a female with the last name of Sherbert on Prior Station Road.

During the investigation, Polk County 911 advised officers that a female complaining of injuries sustained in a car wreck on Cherokee Road called 911 requesting an ambulance. Officers responded to the address along with EMS.

The caller, Barbara Sherbert, 50, of a North College Drive address showed no obvious signs of injury as she informed the officers that she was the driver of the car.

Officers began to question Sherbert's version of events and Sherbert confessed that her boyfriend, Mitchell Bright was in fact the driver of the car. Sherbert also signed a medical release form and stated that she was not injured as previously claimed.

Sherbert was arrested and charged with false report of a crime, obstruction and interference with a 911 call.

Meanwhile, 911 received information from a female resident on North College Street that an unknown man entered her home and was holding her captive.

Cedartown police and Polk County police responded to the residence and talked to the woman at her front door. While talking they could see the male suspect sitting on the sofa and identified him as Mitchell Bright.

Mitchell Bright, 42, of Cedartown was arrested and charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license, failure to notify owner upon striking fixed object, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, three counts criminal trespass and one count false imprisonment.

The female resident told police that Bright confessed to her that he wrecked a car while speeding and was running from police.

Bright remains in custody at the time of this publication. Property bonds totaling $7,100 have been set. Sherbert was released on 6/12 after posting three property bonds totaling $2,600.

The arrest reports within this list do not reflect the actual guilt or innocence of the individual or individuals listed. All parties are presumed innocent until they are proven guilty in a court of law. Not every arrest or charge leads to a conviction. A conviction or an acquittal will be determined by the court system.

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