Lithonia man charged with DUI after hitting mailbox on Hwy. 87
A 26-year-old black Lithonia man was arrested and charged with DUI (refusal) after a one-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 87 on Aug. 11. At about 3:23 a.m., Deps. Sullivan and Wade Kendrick went to Hwy. 87 about a red 2008 Ford Mustang blocking both lanes. The male driver told Sullivan that he hit a mailbox and lost control of his car. The driver, who was not injured, said his license was suspended, but he presented a permit allowing him to attend school, work or church. Deputies then smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the driver, who said he was headed from Macon to Covington after visiting a friend. The driver then admitted he was drunk and said the wreck was his fault. He then apologized and refused field sobriety tests, saying they were not necessary because of his admission. After deputies handcuffed the driver, he then became upset and told deputies that they couldn’t “whoop his a--.” The driver then refused to get into Kendrick’s patrol car, so deputies had to punch the driver in his thigh area to get him into the car. When the driver still wouldn’t comply, Sullivan hit the man several times with Kendrick’s flashlight, which he had placed on top of the car. The driver then told the deputies they weren’t strong enough to put him in the car at which point Dep. Davis arrived to assist. The three deputies then got the driver into Davis’ patrol car, and he was taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was then charged with failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended, failure to notify owner upon striking a fixed object and obstruction.
Deputies find stolen gun, marijuana bag during I-75 South stop
A 19-year-old black Forsyth man and a 20-year-old black Macon man were each arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Aug. 12. At about 11:25 p.m., Dep. Tyler Rodgers saw a white Volkswagen Jetta with very dark window tint traveling on I-75 South near mile marker 191. Rodgers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies then found in the male driver’s front pants pocket a scale with marijuana residue on it. Rodgers and Cpl. Christian Sawley then searched the vehicle and found inside the center console an open bag of marijuana. He also found behind the back seat a 31-round magazine containing 14 9 mm. ball rounds. Inside a red back pack on the back seat he found a bag of marijuana, a Glock 17 loaded with 13 9 mm. ball rounds, a Glock 19 loaded with 7 hollow point rounds and 8 ball rounds, and $578 in cash. Dispatchers determined the Glock 19 was reported stolen out of Sandy Springs. Deputies then took the driver and the male passenger to the Monroe County Jail. While en route, the passenger told Sawley he had a marijuana cigarette inside the crotch area of his pants, and the marijuana cigarette was taken as evidence. Meanwhile, Rodgers found the driver had $818 in cash in his pants pocket, which was also seized along with both the driver and passenger’s cell phones. The driver, the 19-year-old, was also charged with a window tint violation.
Thomaston driver charged with DUI after crashing into ditch
A 26-year-old white Thomaston man was arrested and charged with DUI after a one-vehicle wreck on Westbrooks Road on Aug. 16. At about 11:57 p.m., Cpl. Christian Sawley saw a maroon 2002 Saturn SL1 with a lot of damage in a ditch on Westbrooks Road. The male driver smelled of alcohol and admitted to having four or five drinks. Sawley then saw a blue Bud Light can on the rear floorboard. The driver, who refused medical treatment, tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test and failed several field sobriety tests. Sawley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he tested positive for more than the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with driving too fast for conditions, reckless driving and an open container violation.
Impala driver leaves Watts Service Center without paying for gas
At about 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 19, a female Watts Service Center employee told Dep. Chris Sherrell she saw a brown Chevrolet Impala with a white fender pull up to the gas pumps. She said a slender white male driver got out and pumped about $40 in gas. She said when she went outside to assist, he quickly jumped into his vehicle and left without paying. She was unable to get the car’s license plate. Sherrell searched the area but was unable to find the car.
U-Haul driver charged with DUI after deputy finds pills during stop
A 57-year-old white Atlanta woman was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Aug. 20. At about 9:34 a.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins was notified by dispatchers to be on the lookout for a 2018 U-Haul truck traveling recklessly on I-75 South near mile marker 190. Haskins saw the U-Haul was failing to maintain its lane and tried to stop it. However, the female U-Haul driver continued southbound, driving off the right side of the road several times including nearly hitting an abandoned vehicle parked along the shoulder of the interstate. When Haskins pulled up next to the U-Haul, it finally stopped near mile marker 188. The driver, who slurred her speech and moved lethargically, told Haskins she did not see his patrol car nor hear the car’s siren during the two miles he was trying to pull her over. Haskins asked her why she kept driving off the right side of the road, and she replied, “The vehicle pulls to the right, so I have to steer left and keep it on the road.” The driver then admitted to taking a large amount of medication daily and said she had last taken pills at about 4 a.m. Haskins and Sgt. John Thompson then searched the U-Haul and found two pill bottles, one for Ibuprofen and another for Methocarbamol. Haskins saw the Methocarbamol bottle was empty for that day and the warning label said not to operate heavy machinery while taking those pills. The driver then failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Monroe County Hospital, where she took a blood test. The driver was then taken to the Monroe County Jail, where she was also charged with failure to maintain lane.
Forsyth driver arrested after traffic stop on Exit 186 ramp of I-75
A 28-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on the I-75 South ramp at Exit 186 on Aug. 20. At about 1:49 a.m., Dep. Wade Kendrick was notified by dispatchers to be on the lookout for a black 2005 Jeep Wrangler failing to maintain its lane on I-75 North before it exited at Exit 186 onto Tift College Drive. Kendrick saw the vehicle make an improper left turn and stopped it on the I-75 South on ramp as it tried to get back onto the interstate. The male driver told Kendrick he was coming from “Pub 96” and motioned with his hands like he was playing a guitar. When Kendrick asked him what he meant, the driver said he had been singing but didn’t drink. Kendrick saw the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and asked the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver then had trouble applying the parking brake, and the vehicle rolled several feet. The driver, who smelled strongly of alcohol and walked in an unsteady manner, failed a field sobriety test and tested a high positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Kendrick then found in the driver’s pants pocket a vape pen containing marijuana wax. Kendrick then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with failure to maintain lane and making an improper turn.
Pennsylvania driver charged with giving false name during stop
A 27-year-old black York, Pa. man was arrested and charged with giving a false name and date of birth after a traffic stop on I-75 North on Aug. 21. At about 10:52 a.m., Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a silver 2011 Chevrolet Malibu traveling 94 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-75 North near mile marker 190. The male driver, who appeared very nervous and was breathing heavily, gave Haskins his name and date of birth but said he left his driver’s license at home. However, dispatchers were unable to identify the driver and the photo of the name that was given did not match the driver’s appearance. Sgt. John Thompson then handcuffed the driver at which point he revealed his real identity. Dispatchers then determined the driver’s license was suspended out of Pennsylvania, and he also had several arrest warrants out of Pennsylvania. Deputies then searched the car and found on the back seat a plastic bag of marijuana. The driver was then taken to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of marijuana, speeding and driving while license suspended.
Willis Circle resident reports theft of TVs, alcohol during burglary
At about 9:13 a.m. on Aug. 21, a female Willis Circle resident told Cpl. Thomas Haskins that someone broke into her home sometime between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16. The resident said she thinks someone reached under her back door and unlocked it. She said stolen items included; a 55-inch TV, a new 32-inch TV that was still in the box, a bottle of gin, a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey and a 30-pack of Bud Light. Haskins saw a pry mark beside the back door handle and the bottom of the door appeared damaged. The stolen items were valued at about $373.
Atlanta man claiming to be illegal immigrant charged with DUI
A 25-year-old Hispanic Atlanta man was arrested and charged with DUI after a one-vehicle wreck on Pate Road on Aug. 23. At about 10:32 p.m., Dep. Jacob Davis saw a maroon 2007 Toyota Scion in a ditch at the intersection of Pate Road and Quail Trail. The male driver, who was standing near the vehicle, told Davis he is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala. He said he tried to turn around in a Pate Road driveway but cut the wheel too sharply and backed into the ditch. Davis noticed the driver had slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. The driver admitted to drinking five cans of beer before driving and tested a high positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Davis found in the vehicle’s cupholder a partially empty Bud Light bottle along with several other empty Bud Light cans and bottles in the rear of the vehicle. Davis then took the driver to the Monroe County Hospital ER, where he took a blood test, before taking him to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with an open container violation and driving without a valid license.
Driver arrested for DUI after flipping vehicle on Hwy. 74 on Aug. 24
A 61-year-old black Macon man was arrested and charged with DUI after two-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 74 on Aug. 24. At about 10:38 p.m., Dep. Judy Mercer went to Hwy. 74 near Billy Harris Road about a two-vehicle accident involving a black 2000 Ford Excursion and a red 2008 Cadillac CTS. The male driver of the Cadillac CTS told Mercer that the other male driver’s Ford Excursion crossed into his lane and ran his vehicle off the road before hitting two mailboxes and then flipping onto the driver’s side and ending up in the woods. The CTS driver said he had to pull the Excursion driver out of his vehicle because the doors could not be opened. The CTS driver said his own vehicle did not sustain major damage. The Excursion driver told Mercer he was headed home to Macon from Atlanta and said he thought his right tire must have blown, causing him to wreck. Mercer noticed the Excursion driver had slurred speech, was swaying back and forth and smelled strongly of alcohol. The Excursion driver told Mercer he needed to get his phone out of his vehicle and asked several times if he could smoke a cigarette. Mercer told the Excursion driver that he could smoke a cigarette but ordered him to do so away from his vehicle, which was leaking gas. The Excursion driver then admitted to drinking but said he last consumed alcohol about seven hours earlier. The Excursion driver then said, “It doesn’t matter if I was drinking. This was an accident, and I didn’t hurt nobody.” Mercer saw the vehicle’s tires were still inflated and noticed tire tracks alongside the road indicating the Excursion driver had been traveling beside the road for a long distance before crossing into the other lane. The Excursion driver then failed a field breath test and was taken to the Monroe County Hospital ER, where he took a blood test. While en route to the Monroe County Jail, the Excursion driver told Mercer that neither she nor Dep. Wade Kendrick, who was also at the scene, should ever go to the Jackson State Prison on Tuesdays or Thursdays. When she asked why, the driver said he worked there for 30 years and was retired but still worked there part-time. Once at the jail, the driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane.
Adams Drive resident reports unknown woman on porch
At about 7:16 p.m. on Aug. 26, a female Adams Drive resident told Cpl. Christian Sawley that a female neighbor called her at about 12:45 p.m. that day to tell her that an unknown woman was on her porch messing with her packages. The resident said the neighbor told her that the woman got back into an older car that was parked by the road and left the scene. The neighbor, who got the car’s tag, said she followed the car onto Montpelier Road, where it accelerated to speeds in excess of 70 mph. The resident said she didn’t think anything was stolen.
Whittle Road resident reports mother’s pistol fell out of pocket
At about 7:50 p.m. on Aug. 26, a Whittle Road man told Cpl. Christian Sawley that his 77-year-old mother was riding around on a golf cart near his home when her pistol fell out of her pocket. The man said the missing pistol is a North American Arms Corp. silver .22 Magnum.
Deputies find crack pipe, pills in pocket of passenger during stop
A 52-year-old white Newnan man was arrested and charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Aug. 26. At about 12:32 p.m., Dep. Jaleel Brown saw a green 2004 Nissan Titan without valid insurance traveling 86 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-75 South near mile marker 190. The male driver said he and his male passenger, who appeared anxious, were headed from Newnan to Hinesville, where the passenger was moving. The passenger said he is the truck’s owner and said his insurance card was in a trash bag in the truck bed, which was later found. Brown then determined that both the driver and passenger, whose license was suspended, had previous drug arrests. The passenger said he didn’t know his license was suspended, and both the driver and passenger denied having anything illegal inside the truck. Brown and Cpl. Thomas Haskins then found in the center console an open, tall Budweiser beer can. Below the can, Brown found a small piece of plastic that contained crack cocaine residue and a crack/methamphetamine pipe. Deputies also found in the passenger’s pocket a small plastic bag containing two types of prescription pills, Alprazolam and Hydromorphone Hydrochloride, respectively, as well as an additional crack/meth pipe. The passenger said he got the pills from his sister but said he had a prescription for them at home. The driver was then cited for speeding and having no insurance and was released from the scene. Meanwhile, Brown took the passenger to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with an open container violation and possession of drug related objects.