Fort Oglethorpe man arrested for DUI after threatening to blow up gas station in Catoosa County

According to a Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On March 2nd, 2023, Deputy Davis was dispatched to the Mapco on Lakeview Drive for reports of terroristic threats being made. Deputy Davis made contact with the complainant, who stated the suspect, later identified as James Aaron Bassham, 52, Fort Oglethorpe, had already left the scene driving a 2017 Kia Sportage. According to the report, “Deputy Davis made contact with the Bassham by phone and requested for him to return to the scene. Bassham declined and stated that he would bring his video to the Sheriff’s office tomorrow. Deputy Davis then went inside the Mapco and reviewed audio and video recording of the incident, and Bassham could be seen purchasing two tall boy-style mike hard lemonades. Bassham was then heard threatening to “light a cigarette and blow this place up.” when he was not refunded his money after spilling gasoline out of his vehicle and onto his leg. Deputy Davis then requested a second unit to respond to the Bassham home and detain him.” When Fort Oglethorpe Police Sargent Tucker arrived on the scene, Bassham was sitting within the vehicle running in complete control of the vehicle, and when he exited, he stumbled, and Sargent Tucker could smell alcohol on his breath. Once Deputy Davis made contact with Bassham, he observed bloodshot eyes and could detect the odor of alcohol on Bassham’s breath. Bassham refused testing and the state test, stating it was against his religion. Bassham was transported to the Catoosa County Jail and charged with felony terroristic threats x2, and DUI.

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