Man charged with throwing hammer into moving vehicle

Man charged with throwing hammer into moving vehicle (Image 1)

Nashville police arrested an 18-year-old Saturday for throwing a hammer into a moving vehicle on Interstate 40.

The victim, 19-year-old Michael Butt, told police he was traveling westbound on I-40 just past White Bridge Road when a red Ford Expedition pulled up beside him and William Garton, a passenger in the SUV, threw a hammer through his driver's side window.

Over the phone Butt told Nashville's News 2 Investigates, “[He] and his buddies tried to start something at a buddy's house and we left and they got behind us on White Bridge Road, and we got on the interstate, and after that he threw hammer through the window.”

Butt continued, “He was passenger in the back seat. We were running 85 to 90 miles-per-hour.  The hammer went through the window and hit me in the back of the neck.  It landed in between me and the seat.  It just looked like a lot of glass coming at my face.”

According to Butt, the incident started over an ex-girlfriend.

“He is mad because he thinks I hooked up with his girlfriend,” he explained.  “It was over a year ago.”

Butt says he chased Garton's vehicle to a nearby Super 8 Motel where three Metro police cars were parked.

“We knew one of the cops, and he asked me, ‘Dude, what the hell you doing?'  And I say, 'this guy threw a hammer threw my window, what do you think I'm doing?'” Butt recounted.

Garton was charged with aggravated assault and vandalism and booked into the Metro jail on a $30,000 bond.

He additionally faces charges in connection to a road rage incident in February and authorities say that was also over a girl.

According to a Metro police affidavit, Garton was driving a vehicle with a gunman who opened fire on another vehicle on February 25.

Garton and the victim were allegedly feuding over the same woman, police said.

He faces several charges including attempted criminal homicide for the incident.

Butt has an April theft charge pending and a conviction for drug paraphernalia last year, police said.

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