Willie Howard Ford, Jr. and Gregory Frank Kates were indicted on two counts of aggravated assault. They were convicted of pointing a pistol at another (a misdemeanor) on Count I and were convicted as charged on Count II. They bring this appeal enumerating as error the trial court's denial of their motions for directed verdict on each count.
The evidence showed that East Point police were alerted to a car matching the description of the one in which appellants were traveling. The car contained three black males; appellants were in the front seat and a third individual was in the back. Officer Smoak began pursuit of the car as it traveled through East Point, and it slowed down as if to stop. However, before the car came to a complete stop, it sped away when another police car, with its blue lights and siren on, came into view. A high-speed chase ensued. Officer Smoak testified that during the chase an arm came out of the rear window on the driver's side of the subject car and pointed a pistol at him. He could not swear that the pistol was fired. Officer Smoak was the victim in Count I of the indictment.
Appellants' car eventually crashed into the side of a building in downtown Atlanta. Officer Thomas approached the car and was required to subdue appellant Ford, who was in the passenger side of the front seat, prior to placing him under arrest. During the struggle Ford attempted to reach under the front seat but was restrained. A .22 caliber pistol was later discovered under the seat; this pistol was fully loaded except for one spent Cartridge. Also, during the course of this struggle appellant Kates, the driver of the subject car, reached over the back seat and pointed a .38 caliber pistol at Officer Rosemas. Kates realized almost immediately that Officer Rosemas had already drawn his weapon, whereupon Kates dropped the pistol into the back seat. Officer Rosemas was the victim in Count II of the indictment.
As to Count I appellants contend that the evidence clearly showed that the individual in the back seat of the subject car pointed the pistol at Officer Smoak. They argue that since they were merely present when this offense was committed, a directed verdict of acquittal should have been granted. As to Count II appellant Ford contends that the evidence showed that only Kates pointed a pistol at Officer Rosemas; therefore, he argues, he was merely present when this offense was committed, and he was entitled to directed verdict of acquittal. We disagree with both contentions.
Lewis R. Slaton, District Attorney, Joseph J. Drolet, Assistant District Attorney, for appellee.