Man in jail after crashing into Macon dog park

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man is in the Bibb County jail tonight after crashing his car through a Macon dog park. 

Authorities say this isn’t the first time they’ve dealt with Jason Frankum. 

Dogs like Happ and his owner Bizzy come to the Macon dog park near Tattnall Square Park all the time. 

On Thursday, Happ’s normal play area was zoned off. That’s because Bibb County sheriff’s deputies found 27-year-old Jason Frankum asleep in his Dodge Neon, apparently crashing through one of the dog park’s gates. 

“Cost-wise we don’t know exactly because we want to match up the same fence that we have. But it’s probably in the range of $250 to $350 depending on the post parts and the concrete itself,” Doc Dougherty, Macon-Bibb Parks and Rec director, said. 

He says crews spent hours doing the initial clean up where Frankum’s car damaged the gate. 

“We are currently searching for the stock fence that we could put in place,” Dougherty said. 

According to Bibb County’s public information officer, Lt. Sean Defoe, Frankum “thought he was in Jones County.”

Deputies found Frankum, who’s from Gray, in his car with cocaine. 

Frankum is the same man, 41NBC reported in August who shot himself in the head in front of the Medical Center. 

“As it was described to me on the phone, I couldn’t picture how this park would have been hit,” Dougherty said. 

He says the park is a popular place.

“One of the great things about this dog park is it’s heavily used by residents throughout the entire community not just this neighborhood being our one main dog park we have,” Dougherty said. 

A speedy repair is necessary so dogs like Happ and his friends can play. 

“It’ll take a number of hours to fix it. It’ll take a few hundred dollars, but it’ll be right back to where it was,” Dougherty said. 

Along with traffic charges, Frankum is charged with drug possession. Dougherty says he’s ordered a new fence post and it should be installed by the end of next week. 

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