Ford Fusion driver leaves Culloden gas station without paying
At about 5:07 p.m. on Aug. 16, a female clerk at the Chevron gas station on Hwy. 74 in Culloden told Dep. Tyler Rodgers that the male driver of a silver 2013 Ford Fusion with a Georgia tag left the station without paying for gas. The clerk said the driver pumped $38.90 in gas, but the transaction did not complete. She said she never turned the pump on and said he must have pre-paid with a debit or credit card in order for the pump to turn on. The clerk said the vehicle left headed eastbound on Hwy. 74. Rodgers ran the vehicle’s tag and determined it belonged to a Thomaston business, but he was unable to reach the owner.
Driver arrested for DUI on I-75 South while following wife’s trailer
A 43-year-old black Forest Park man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on I-75 South on Aug. 17. At about 1:26 a.m., Sgt. John Thompson saw a black 1997 Honda Accord failing to maintain its lane and following closely behind a white truck pulling a small utility trailer on I-75 South near mile marker 181. As Thompson approached the car, the male driver lit up a cigar. The driver, who smelled of alcohol and whose eyes were red and watery, told Thompson he was headed to Albany, where he had just bought a home. After first denying he had consumed alcohol, the driver, whose whole body was shaking, admitted to drinking a beer. The driver, who tested positive on a field breath test, told Thompson his wife and kids were traveling in the truck he was following. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests. When Thompson arrested the driver, he asked the deputy if his wife could drive him to the jail. However, Thompson told him that wasn’t possible. Once at the Monroe County Jail, the driver tested just under the legal limit for alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane.
Macon driver charged with DUI after traffic stop on Hwy. 87
A 38-year-old white Macon man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hwy. 87 on Aug. 17. At about 11 p.m., Dep. Tyler Rodgers saw a gray 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe with an Alabama tag that had a passenger side headlight out while traveling on Hwy. 87. The male driver, who avoided making eye contact with Rodgers, was sweating, appeared sluggish and used slurred speech. The driver, who denied drinking, smelled strongly of alcohol, and Rodgers determined the driver’s license was suspended due to a previous DUI. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and refused a field breath test. When Rodgers asked the driver if he wanted to take a state breath test, the driver replied, “I don’t think it will help me at this point.” Rodgers then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with violation of headlight requirements and driving while license suspended.
Suspicious man bangs on fire station door while high on drugs
At about 10:50 a.m. on Aug. 18, a male Monroe County fire captain told Dep. Dustin Ramsey that a suspicious man who appeared high on laced marijuana was banging on the door of the Bolingbroke fire station on Rivoli Road. When Ramsey arrived, the man was receiving treatment from Monroe County EMTs. EMTs told Ramsey the man had a very elevated heart rate and was banging on the station door because he needed medical attention. They said the man told them he had smoked marijuana that was possibly laced. EMTs then took the man to Macon’s Medical Center Navicent Health. The fire captain told Ramsey he wants to press charges for damages to the door, which he estimated were about $300 worth. However, Ramsey decided not to press charges against the man.
Tractor-trailer driver arrested after alleged hit-and-run on I-75 N.
A 40-year-old white Garden City man was arrested and charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after a traffic stop on I-75 North on Aug. 16. At about 7:37 p.m., Dep. Ramsey was notified by dispatchers of a hit-and-run wreck on I-75 North near mile marker 182. Ramsey saw a white 2014 Freightliner tractor trailer that had allegedly left the scene of the wreck and stopped it at the Hwy. 42 North Shell station. The male truck driver denied hitting another vehicle, but Ramsey found damage, including paint transfer, on the truck’s right rear side. Ramsey then took the truck driver to the Monroe County Jail, and while en route he told the deputy that he saw another truck going off the road in his rear-view mirror but didn’t think he had hit the other truck. Meanwhile, Dep. Tyler Rodgers met with the male driver of the other truck who said he was traveling on I-75 North when the tractor trailer sideswiped his truck causing it to go off the road and hit a guardrail. A female witness said the tractor-trailer intentionally ran the other truck off the road and never stopped nor slowed down after the incident.
Forsyth driver charged with DUI after traffic stop on High Falls Road
A 19-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on High Falls Road on Aug. 19. At about 12:26 a.m., Dep. Tyler Rodgers saw a white 2006 Toyota Tacoma with one headlight headed eastbound on High Falls Road. The male driver, who displayed slow movements and glassy, red eyes, said he was headed to his friend’s house on Buck Creek Drive. When Rodgers told the driver he had already passed Buck Creek Drive, the driver changed his story and said his friend lives on Blount Road. The driver, who smelled of alcohol, initially denied drinking before later admitting to consuming two Corona beers and one Sweetwater beer about an hour or two prior to the stop. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested a high positive for alcohol on a field breath test. When Rodgers put the driver in his patrol car, the driver became emotional and said, “I don’t wanna go back to rehab.” While en route to the Monroe County Jail, the driver began hitting his head on the interior cage of Rodgers’ car. Once at the jail, the driver tested positive for more than the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with violation of headlight requirements.