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NEWS ALERT – Man Arrested After Alleged Baseball Bat Attack

A Wewahitchka man was arrested in Calhoun County Tuesday for allegedly attacking two men with a baseball bat after a night of drinking. Chad Edward Medley, 30, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Dep. Gary McGhee, Dep. Bobby Sims and Sgt. Jared Nichols were dispatched to Hwy. 69 North just before 1 a.m. last Saturday in response to a roadside disturbance. James Anthony Reagan, 40, and James Randall Mitchell, 24, both of Altha, were found sitting in a ditch just north of John Redd Road. Reagan’s face and head were bleeding profusely, but he refused medical treatment and said he did not want to press charges. Mitchell said he did wish to prosecute his attacker. Mitchell said he and Reagan had been drinking with Medley at the Swampy Tonk earlier that leaving. After leaving the bar, the trio stopped on the side of the road to urinate. While on the roadside, Medley and Reagan reportedly exchanged words, then Medley allegedly went to his truck, grabbed a small baseball bat or tire thumper and struck Reagan several times in the face and head. Mitchell said he tried to stop Medley, then Medley allegedly turned on Mitchell, struck him with the bat, and chased him down the road. Mitchell said he fled in fear of his life. Medley reportedly left the scene just prior to the deputies’ arrival. A warrant was issued for Medley’s arrest and he was booked into the Calhoun County Jail Tuesday. He was given a conditional release on Thursday.

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