Deputies discover malt liquor hanging on gear shift during traffic stop
A 64-year-old black Snellville man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hwy. 41 South on May 29. At about 9:30 p.m., Dep. Willie Brown saw a white 2017 Nissan Frontier failing to maintain its lane on I-75 South near mile marker 179. Brown also determined the vehicle had expired registration and stopped it as it exited I-475 onto Hwy. 41 South in Bolingbroke. Brown smelled alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The male driver, who said he drank one 24-ounce beer, said he was picking up his grandson before heading back to Atlanta. The driver, whose speech was slurred and whose pupils were dilated, urged Brown not to call anymore deputies to the scene. When the driver exited the vehicle, he swayed side to side and used his vehicle for support. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Brown took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was tested positive for more than the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. Dep. Tyler Rodgers later found an open 24-ounce Olde English malt liquor inside a bag that was hanging on the vehicle’s gear shift. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane, distracted driving, an open container violation and having expired registration.
North Monroe County residents reports auto break-ins on June 5
At about 11:42 a.m. on June 5, a River Rapids Drive woman told Cpl. Timothy Campfield that her Ruger LC9 pistol was stolen from her vehicle. The woman said she had left her vehicle unlocked after arriving home on June 4. In a separate but possibly related incident, at about 12:41 p.m. on June 5, a Lightwood Lane woman told Campfield she saw a strange vehicle, a white Ford van, in her neighborhood. The woman said she then received a call from her husband saying his Taurus 9 mm. pistol was stolen from his vehicle. In a third incident, at about 2:33 a.m. on June 5, a River’s Edge Drive man told Campfield someone stole his Glock 43 pistol from his unlocked vehicle. The man said he saw neighbors posting on Facebook about auto break-ins and discovered his gun was gone.
Forsyth driver charged with DUI after traffic stop on Hwy. 42 North
A 33-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on Hwy. 42 North on June 9. At about 3:23 a.m., Sgt. John Thompson saw a black 2007 Toyota Tacoma without tag lights traveling on Hwy. 42 North. The male driver, whose speech was slurred, told Thompson he was headed home from a friend’s house in Macon. The driver held on to his truck door and appeared unsteady. Asked if he had been drinking, the driver replied, “I was just trying to get right up the road to my house,” before admitting he drank wine at about 11 p.m. the previous night. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Thompson then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he refused a state breath test. The driver was also charged with having no tag lights.