Men Accused of Setting Wildfires on Federal Property

Authorities say they arrested two people who had been riding four-wheelers, but a third fled the U.S. Corps of Engineers property off Glade Road in Acworth.

A Cartersville man is one of two accused of setting wildfires that burned several acres in Bartow County late Thursday.

The size of the blazes on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property in Acworth prompted assistance from the Georgia Forestry Commission and resulted in two arrests. Two fires burned a total of 3 to 4 acres, Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief David Levy said.

After Bartow County firefighters responded about 10 p.m. to a second fire in the area of Scenic Mountain Drive, they called law enforcement authorities, who would later jail Henry Tyler Attaway, 25, of Old Allatoona Road, and Justin Andrew Sullins, 22, of Acworth, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, attached.

While trying to suppress one blaze, firefighters heard voices in the woods nearby and four-wheelers drive off. A short time later and suspecting someone was setting fires, authorities spotted smoke and flames—another fire—a short distance away. Crews had doused an earlier, small blaze in the same area about 5 p.m., according to officials.

The later blazes required a fire break cut by forest rangers, Levy said. Georgia Forestry was called in due to the size and location of the fire, which apparently was threatening homes on Scenic Mountain Drive.

Deputies later searching on foot caught up with Attaway, who was riding a four-wheeler, but said he didn't know, but had just met, the people riding the other ATVs and had no information about the fires "yet the entire field was ablaze and smoke filled the area," reported a deputy.

Attaway, who also allegedly had marijuana in his cigarette pack, was arrested, but while he and police waited for a tow truck, his phone rang several times. The phone displayed the caller as the second suspected four-wheeler driver, Drew Sullins, who told police his whereabouts after first hanging up on an officer, then calling back. He also was arrested.

Attaway and Sullins were each charged with igniting objects to set wildfires and criminal trespass. Attaway also was charged with possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

It's unclear if authorities would pursue charges against the person riding the third four-wheeler, who fled. 

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steve April 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Oh my lookin at the one on the right I now believe in aliens.
justin sullins April 21, 2013 at 01:37 AM
I am the one on the right and I had absolutely nothing to do with those fires we were riding thrue the woods and ran up on the fire (thought maybe it was a controlled burn or a wild fire cops freaked out and started accusing us of arson and we got smart with him so he locked us up for it end of story the witnesses even said it wasn't us but the cop said "I guess they were at the wrong place at the wrong time" the charges are already reduced from arson to engaging in certain activities related to fire ( a misdeamenor) which will be droped as I did not start the fires we just rode up to the wrong cop who wanted to ruin a crystal clean record I have a carry permit and work 50 -60 hrs a week I just wanted to ride to the lake and that cop wanted to put me IN PRISON FOR IT THIS IS REDICULOUS. he was just mad cuz we wouldn't let him run us over .Perfect example of guilty until proven innocent the only evidence they have is us riding up to them....WHATS WRONG WITH THAT? NOW IM OUT $450 for bail and I have to face serious charges cuz a cop don't like us???
christine kanocz April 21, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Here is the perfect lawyer. Gregory Hicks. Hes from Cherokee County.


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