Deputy Douglas observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane and impeding the flow of traffic on Gray Highway. He initiated a traffic stop and immediately noticed an open container of alcohol that had been shoved under the arm rest and spilled in the vehicle. Deputy Jackson arrived on the scene to assist, and both the driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle. Douglas removed open containers from the vehicle. The driver was given a roadside alcohol test and a field sobriety test and failed both. Upon further search of the vehicle, a pipe containing marijuana residue was found. The driver admitted to using drugs, but said the pipe was not his. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the LEC, where he gave a blood-alcohol reading of .094 grams. He was charged with failure to maintain lane, open container, and DUI. The passenger was released.
Deputy Beard observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane on Gray Highway and initiated a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, the deputy noticed his speech to be slurred. He admitted to recently consuming alcohol and submitted to a roadside alcohol test, which he failed. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the LEC, where he gave a blood-alcohol reading of .149 grams and was charged for his offenses.
Deputy Douglas observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane and maneuvering recklessly on Highway 22 and initiated a traffic stop. The driver showed signs of intoxication, and the deputy noticed four 12-packs of beer in the passenger’s seat. The driver failed both a roadside alcohol test and a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. He was transported to the LEC, where he gave a blood-alcohol reading of .107 grams and was charged with failure to maintain lane, driving too closely, and DUI.
Deputy Jones was patrolling Lite-N-Tie Road when he clocked driver going 66 mph in a 45-mph zone. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. Immediately upon approaching the driver, the deputy noticed the smell of alcoholic beverage. The driver showed signs of intoxication and submitted to a roadside alcohol test, which she failed. She was placed under arrest and transported to the LEC, where she gave a blood-alcohol reading of .158 grams and was charged with DUI.
Deputy Evans was dispatched to Highway 49 in reference to a noise disturbance involving a group of people yelling and screaming at each other outdoors in a residential area. Dispatch advised that the offenders left the scene in a vehicle, and Deputy Allen stopped the vehicle. Evans and Allen discovered that a passenger in the vehicle was crying and covered in blood. It was determined that she had earlier jumped from a moving vehicle during an argument, and an ambulance was called to the scene. While speaking with the driver, Evans noticed the smell of alcoholic beverage. The driver tested positive for alcohol on a roadside test and was placed under arrest. A check of her license then revealed that it was suspended. She was placed under arrest and transported to the LEC, where she was charged with DUI-refusal and driving while license suspended. Evans later contacted the passenger at the hospital who said that she fell out of the car because unsecured door opened when the vehicle hit a bump in the road.
Deputy Miller was dispatched to Old Gray Highway in reference to a possible theft. The complainant said that two men were outside his sister’s home. One was looking inside her van, while the other was urinating near the house. The complainant confronted the two men, and an argument ensued, but the men fled on foot into the woods when they heard the deputy’s patrol car approaching. The deputy could not locate the offenders. However, their car was still sitting in the driveway. Upon further inspection of the vehicle, the deputy noticed pry marks on the driver’s side window, the steering column had been busted, and the ignition was lying in the floorboard next to a pair of pliers. The deputy ran the tag number, and the vehicle had not been reported stolen. Deputy Barbee later pulled over a vehicle driving slowly down the road, and two of its three occupants turned out to be the two offenders. All three men were taken into custody and transported to the LEC to be held while further investigation into the matter took place.
Deputy Beard observed a vehicle sitting in a parking lot on Highway 49 with its driver apparently passed out over the wheel. While tapping on the window, the deputy noticed a soda can and a pill bottle between the driver’s legs. The driver awoke and addressed the deputy with slurred speech. The deputy asked about the contents of the bottle, which contained several different drugs. A total of 15 Xanax were also found loose in the seat of the car. The driver said she could not remember when she last took the pills or how many she took. She was placed under arrest for VGCSA.
Officer Zimmerman responded to assist Deputy Hunt with an incident on Pinewood Drive. Hunt advised that a victim was reported to have been picked up at school that morning and taken by an offender to his residence where they were skipping school. Zimmerman approached the residence to find several people standing in the yard. The offender was located inside the house and stated that he did not know the whereabouts of the victim. Officer Lovick and Deputy Harris arrived to question the offender, but he again stated that he did not know the whereabouts of the victim. The offender consented to a search of the residence, and Lovick located the victim crouched down in the shower. The victim was transported to the school by Harris, while the offender was placed under arrest by Zimmerman. He was transported to the police department where Hunt took out warrants for obstruction of justice and other charges.
Deputy Beard observed a vehicle traveling on Gray Highway with a busted windshield. He initiated a traffic stop and noticed as the driver appeared to throw a marijuana cigarette out the window of the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, the deputy noticed the smell of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver admitted to smoking and throwing out the cigarette. Deputy Harris stood by with the driver, while Beard retrieved the cigarette. The driver was placed under arrest for defective equipment and possession of marijuana-less than one ounce.
Officer Zimmerman responded to a business on Industrial Boulevard in reference to damage to property. The complainant said that sometime during the previous week someone spray-painted the walls on the outside of the building and threw rocks at several windows, causing damage to them. The officer took photos of the scene. The offenders were unknown at the time.
Sgt. McCollum observed a vehicle traveling 85 mph in a 55-mph zone on Gray Highway. He activated his lights and turned around to pursue the vehicle and before discovering that Deputy Moody had pulled it over. McCollum pulled in behind Moody, who advised that he clocked the vehicle at 91 mph. The driver claimed that he did not see McCollum activate his blue lights. He was issued citations for speeding and fleeing or attempting to elude police based on his increase in speed.
Officer Hunnicutt observed a vehicle improperly parked in the lot of a gas station on Gray Highway. As he approached the vehicle, it began to pull off, so the officer initiated a traffic stop. The driver approached the deputy and stated that she was just reading her map. Her breath emitted a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. As the officer approached the vehicle, he could also smell marijuana. The driver admitted to having an open container of beer in the vehicle, but no other illegal items. Sgt. McCollum arrived on the scene with his K-9, which alerted on the vehicle. Despite the driver’s claims, a hand-rolled marijuana cigar was found in the ashtray. The driver was charged with open container violation and possession of marijuana-less than one ounce. Due to neither the driver or the passenger having a valid license, they were escorted to a local motel to obtain a room until a licensed driver could pick them up.
Officer Hunnicutt observed a vehicle traveling 53 mph in a 35-mph zone on West Clinton Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop and discovered that the driver’s license had been suspended since 1995. The driver said he thought he was in a 55-mph zone and he was unaware that his license was suspended. The officer retrieved a hand-rolled cigarette from the vehicle, but it contained only tobacco. The driver was charged with speeding and driving while license suspended.
Officer Zimmerman responded to a gas station on West Clinton Street in reference to damage to property. The complainant said that she was sitting at a pump when a vehicle backed out of a parking space and made contact with the front of her vehicle, causing damage to the grill. The offender did not stop. The complainant was unsure of the make or model of the offender’s vehicle.
Officer Zimmerman responded to a business on Railroad Street in reference to a burglary. The complainant advised that locks had been cut off of two storage units at the business. The complainant further stated that a big-screen television was known to be missing from one of the units, while other missing items were still to be determined. Zimmerman and Cpt. Sweet observed surveillance footage and noticed what appeared to be the offender’s vehicle approach one of the units. A man in a stocking hat and jacket got out of the driver’s seat. Someone then turned the surveillance camera in away from the vehicle. As much information as possible was obtained from the video and logged for the investigation.
Sgt. McCollum observed a truck and trailer traveling with a bail of hay on Greene Settlement Road with the trailer displaying an expired tag. The sergeant initiated a traffic stop and noticed the driver to appear very nervous. Sgt. Garner arrived on the scene to assist while McCollum administered a field sobriety test to the driver. The driver failed the test and was placed under arrest and in Garner’s patrol car. McCollum then spoke to the passenger, who also appeared nervous, before retrieving his K-9 to search the vehicle. The dog alerted on the vehicle and a straw containing a white powdery residue was found in the passenger’s purse, along with a marijuana cigarette and a second straw. The passenger was then placed under arrest and both parties were transported to the LEC, where it was discovered that the passenger had a valid warrant for her arrest from Cherokee County.
Officer Farley responded to a gas station on West Clinton Street in reference to a gasoline drive-off. The clerk stated that an unknown offender pumped $25.53 worth of fuel and drove off without paying for it. The clerk could only provide a limited description of the vehicle.
Officer Zimmerman responded to a business on West Clinton Street in reference to a customer who was known to have several warrants out for her arrest. Upon the arrival of the officer, the offender had left the scene in a vehicle. The officer then went to the offender’s residence, but she was not there either. Sgt. Wiggins contacted Zimmerman and advised that she had turned herself in at the sheriff’s office.
Officer Zimmerman observed a vehicle smoke its tires in the parking lot of a local school. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who said he was in a hurry. The officer issued the driver a citation for reckless driving due to the fact that there were students roaming the parking lot and several cars parked near his vehicle. School officials were also notified of the situation.