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Covington Co. candidate's tire slashed on election day

George "Chuck" Patterson (Source: WSFA 12 News) George "Chuck" Patterson (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Patterson's tire was destroyed after being slashed overnight. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Patterson's tire was destroyed after being slashed overnight. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Opp, AL (WSFA) -

The trip to the polling place for a Covington County revenue commissioner candidate hit a speed bump Tuesday morning after he discovered one of his tires had been slashed.

Candidate George "Chuck" Patterson filed a report with the Opp Police Department after discovering the destroyed right rear tire on his Ford pickup truck after waking up Tuesday morning.

"You just don't understand why someone would do something like this," Patterson said. "I'm just going to stay on the positive. That's been my whole campaign."

The incident happened sometime between 10 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the police report. Patterson says his wife and son where awoken by the family dog barking around 1 or 1:30 a.m.

They turned on their home's floodlights and looked outside, but said they did not see anything happening and went back to sleep.

When Patterson woke up at 5:30 a.m. he found that three of his campaign signs in his front yard "had been run over by a car..." After straightening the signs, Patterson decided to drive down to the polling place to check on his other signs. He realized his tire was flat as he pulled out of the driveway.

The candidate says someone stabbed a sharp instrument into the sidewall of a brand new tire on his truck, destroying it. The damage was estimated to be around $250 and the offense was deemed criminal mischief third degree, a misdemeanor, in the report.

Patterson says he was nearly 2 hours late getting to the polling place to personally ask for citizens' votes but he plans to stay the entire day.

Asked if he believed the tire's destruction was coincidental to falling on the day of the run-off election, Patterson said he didn't know. "Just keep going, never stop going. It's what you have to do," he explained.

Chief McDonald also stated that two other vehicles in the area had their tires slashed too. One vehicle had one tire slashed and the other vehicle had two tires slashed.

No suspects have been identified.

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