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Unlicensed driver caught speeding goes to jail

Officer Richard Maddox clocked a white Jeep Liberty speeding at 88 mph on I-75 N near Tift College Drive on Nov. 6 around 1:15 p.m. and the female driver ended up in jail for driving without a license. 

After the stop was initiated the woman exited at Cabaniss Road and pulled into a parking space at the Royal 7 Travel Center. Maddox ran her Alabama license while writing her a speeding ticket and learned it was suspended. She was then handcuffed and arrested. 


Mother speeds, drives erratically trying to calm children

A Bonaire woman speeding on I-75 S with two children in her car was cited by deputy Shania Hawkins around 9:55 p.m. on Nov. 6. Hawkins saw the woman driving a silver 2014 Audi A7, following too closely and failing to signal at 87 mph near Johnstonville Road. The driver then moved over to the fast lane, cutting off a vehicle while accelerating to around 95 mph. 

Hawkins activated her emergency lights and the woman turned on her right signal, started to get over into the middle lane but went back to the fast lane and ran off the road. She continued at 80 mph for around 2 miles before finally stopping,

When asked why it took so long for her to stop, she told Hawkins that her two children were scared and that she “knew how things were” and she was afraid to stop. She said she was trying to calm her children down before stopping. 

She was cited for failure to yield for an emergency vehicle, failure to maintain lane, failure to signal, following too closely and speeding.


Woman’s hotel door opens while she’s in shower

Officer David Asbell responded to a welfare check at Americas Best Inn on Frontage Road on Nov. 9. He went to the room and when he knocked, he heard a dog moving in the room but could not hear anything else. He knocked again, the door came open and the dog came to the door. 

Asbell called for animal control and while he was waiting for them to arrive, a woman came to the door wrapped in a towel and asked why her door was open. Asbell explained it opened when he knocked and that he was there on a welfare check. He then returned to service. 


Man found passed out in car at Royal Seven 

A man was found passed out in his vehicle at the Royal Seven Travel Center on Cabaniss Road on Nov. 10 by officer John Bogdan. Bogdan approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and saw the man asleep with his head laying on the steering wheel with the vehicle running. 

He called out to him several times and after getting no response he touched his left shoulder and shook him repeatedly. Finally, he woke startled and confused.

Bogdan asked him if he was okay and if he was cold with the door open and if he had anything to drink. It was clear that the man didnt’ understand anything the officer was saying so Bogdan asked him for his license and told him to turn the vehicle off. 

While Bogdan was running his license officer Richard Maddox performed a field sobriety test and Cpl. Kimberly Barnett issued a breath test that came back positive for alcohol. 

A pipe and a roll of dollar bills were found in the door handle of the driver’s side door, and he was handcuffed. More money and a small clear bag with a white substance was found in his pockets. Barnett asked the man what the substance was, and he replied it was cocaine and had used it an hour earlier.

He was taken to the Monroe County hospital for a blood test and while he was there, he said he was “going to hell and would be better off putting a bullet into his head”. 

He was then taken to jail and was charged with DUI. Jail staff was informed that he had made suicidal comments.


Wanted man located behind store

Officer Richard Maddox responded to a disturbance call on Hunter Street on Nov. 10 where the caller told him a man had walked up into his yard wanting to use his phone. 

He said he believed the man had active warrants from an earlier incident and had left walking south on Hunter Street.

Maddox found the suspect behind the Monroe Food Mart on MLK Jr. Drive. Dispatch ran a check and found he did have an active warrant. He was then handcuffed and taken to the Monroe County jail.


Woman trying to pay for customers meals banned from restaurant

A woman trying to pay for other customer’s meals at Captain D’s on North Lee Street was banned from the restaurant on Nov. 10. An employee told Officer John Bogdan the woman was harassing customers trying to get a woman and then a male customer to allow her to pay for their meals. They refused her offer but she kept on insisting until they left. 

Bogdan and Cpl. Kimberly Barnett spoke with the woman who told them she was just trying to buy a meal for someone. When asked for identification, she handed over a credit card and an insurance card. She told them she was rushed out of her home and was on her way to work in Atlanta and forgot her driver’s license. 

The restaurant employee said she wanted the woman banned from the property. The woman refused to sign the trespass notice, but Bogdan told her if she returned, she would be charged with trespassing. He also gave her a verbal warning for driving without a license. 


Man parked at splash pad arrested on active warrant

Officer John Bogdan and Cpl. Kimberly Barnett ran the tag of a vehicle parked in front of the splash pad and learned the registered owner was wanted for warrants out of Monroe County on Nov. 11. 

The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle, and he slid across the seat to the passenger’s side due to a broken driver’s side door, surprising the officers. He was handcuffed and taken to jail. 


Man with pot arrested after blasting music in the streets

Officer Jeremy Malone heard loud music coming from Sharp Street while on Kynette Street and saw a 2006 GMC Sierra as being the source of the music around 7 p.m. on Nov. 13. Malone shined his spotlight on the vehicle to let the driver know he was present hoping he would turn down the music. It didn’t work so Malone initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into the driveway of a house on Kynette Street. The driver opened the door, got out and left the door open so that the music was even louder. He then stood outside his truck while looking at the officer. He was speaking but due to the loud music Malone couldn’t understand what he was saying.

He then began grabbing items from the back of the pickup and taking them to the door of the house. Malone told him that he needed to come over so that he could talk with him, but he continued walking as the officer followed. As they got to the steps of the doorway the man threw something into the house and then stepped back out. 

Malone told him he wanted to speak to him about the loud music. The man gave him the impression that he did not like talking to him and wasn’t going to do what he asked. Malone asked for his license, but he started calling someone on his phone and telling them to come over now. People started to gather at the scene and Malone called for backup.

 Malone again told the man that he needed his license. The man continued to stay on the phone but started to go through his wallet. Malone could smell marijuana coming from the GMC and he turned and looked towards the vehicle. The man then quickly went around Malone and tried to stop him from looking through the window of the truck. He came within a few inches of blocking the officer and asked him why he was looking in his pickup. He then leaned against the door and crossed his arms, telling Malone he wasn’t going to look inside his vehicle.

Malone told him to turn around and put his hands behind his back. He complied and was handcuffed. He said all he had was a marijuana blunt and Malone found the partially smoked blunt and a small bag of marijuana. 

More people began arriving and continuously questioned the officer about what he was doing and telling him he was not able to do what he was doing. Officers Anais Benjamin and Richard Maddox arrived and calmed the growing crowd. 

Malone also found a handgun inside the vehicle and several rounds. The weapon came back with no record. The man refused to go to the patrol car at first but after talking with other people on the scene he was persuaded to comply and taken to the Monroe County Justice Center.