Driving too fast created additional legal problems for three people pulled over during the past week by officers of the Commerce Police Department.
Samantha Sue Lockhart, 30, 4482 Lake Ivanhoe Drive, Tucker was one of those. An officer stopped her for doing 91 miles per hour while traveling south in a 70-mph zone on Interstate 85, then noted the smell of marijuana as he approached the vehicle.
According to the officer’s written report, he also noted that Lockhart lit up a cigarette immediately upon being pulled over. When he asked her when she’d last smoked marijuana, she said, “earlier.” The officer noted marijuana in plain sight on the center console, at which time he said Lockhart admitted to the presence of a “roach.”
The officer also observed the slight odor of alcohol and asked Lockhart when she’d had a drink, and she allegedly replied that she’d had two drinks an hour earlier while still in South Carolina.
The officer asked the suspect if there was any more marijuana or other drugs in the vehicle, to which Lockhart replied that there was a pipe and some marijuana in a lock box in the trunk. She opened the box, and the officer found the pipe and a prescription bottle containing the illegal substance, which Lockart described as “Kush,” a variety of marijuana.
Following her arrest, the officer searched the rest of the vehicle, whereupon he recovered two small marijuana cigars from the ash tray and another pipe. He also found in a cooler behind the seat — within reach of the driver — an open bottle of Crown Royal, which he noted was half empty.
Since the driver blew a 0.66 on the alcosensor, the officer did not charge her with driving under the influence (DUI). In addition to speeding, he charged her with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and violation of the Georgia Open Container Law.