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Deputies apprehend Dawson County man accused of allegedly wielding tire iron in September Walmart assault
Walmart assault update

One local man was recently arrested after being accused in a road rage incident that devolved into a confrontation in the Dawsonville Walmart parking lot in September.

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Dawsonville man Mark Gregory Gallichotte, 69, faces multiple assault-related charges after allegedly hitting another man and his car with a tire iron, stated warrants from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

DCSO apprehended Gallichotte on Nov. 18 just after 1:30 p.m., according to the agency’s most recent weekly news report. 

Deputies responded to the Walmart on Power Center Drive at about 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 after receiving a report of a road rage incident that had escalated into a physical altercation, Sheriff Jeff Johnson said in a Sept. 15 email to DCN.

The officers were told that the incident had started on Ga. 400, with one vehicle attempting to brake-check the other before both drivers pulled into the Walmart parking lot, Johnson wrote. 

One driver, identified as Gallichotte, exited his vehicle and allegedly began to damage the other man’s car by striking it with his hands, fists and a metal rod.

Gallichotte allegedly shattered the victim’s vehicle’s front windshield, dented its windshield frame and aggressively pushed on the driver’s side door, according to DCSO’s assault warrants.

 “The other driver exited his vehicle when Gallichotte began striking him with the metal rod,” Johnson said.

Gallichotte is accused of hitting the victim “approximately three times” on the arms and back area with the rod, according to the aggravated assault warrant. 

The driver was able to restrain Gallichotte and force him to the ground until authorities arrived, Johnson stated. 

Gallichotte was arrested this past Friday when deputies were able to serve the warrants, Johnson confirmed in a Nov. 22 email. 

Gallichotte was then taken to the Dawson County Detention Center. DCSO has charged him with one felony count each of aggravated assault and simple assault and one misdemeanor count for second-degree criminal damage to property. 

He has been released from custody on an unsupervised jail release bond. 

DCN will update this story when more information is available. 


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