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Judge calls police on flag football player

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

August 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A south Georgia judge defends his decision to press charges against a flag football player. Albany Police were called to the playing field at Phoebe Healthworks Monday evening. They charged 34 year old Rusty Hayes with disorderly conduct. 

 Lee County Magistrate Judge Jim Thurman was refereeing the game. He claims the player argued with him and threatened him. So, he called police. Thurman claims Hayes tried to hit him, though witnesses told police that's not true.

"I felt like the gentleman was going to hit me. I can understand somebody disagreeing with a call. But threatening to hit an official, I think it is taking it too far," says Judge Thurman.

Thurman claims police treated him like the criminal. The police report says Thurman was irate and uncooperative and refused to give a written statement. The director of Healthworks also told police Judge Thurman displayed a poor attitude.

They've never had a problem at games with Hayes. Thurman says Phoebe asked him not to referee any more games.

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