A Colbert man was arrested last week after he approached two deputies on stationary patrol in a convenience store parking lot on Hwy. 72 West.
The man was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug-related objects and three counts of obstruction.
Corporal Justin Hanley and deputy Bradley Free were sitting in the store’s parking lot when a silver Lincoln pulled in next to them. The driver asked if everything was “O.K.” Hanley told him it was and asked him if everything was O.K. with him.
The man stated “yes” and said that he was looking to get into law enforcement. At that point, Hanley reported that he recognized the subject from an incident earlier in the day regarding a suspicious person at the store.
During that incident, Hanley met with the store clerk who said he had been having trouble with a man who comes to the store often, though he said he does not know much about him. He said that on that day, the man had come to his home, but that he did not answer the door and the man eventually left.
After the man left, the clerk said he checked his Facebook account and saw that the man had written him a message asking him if he would like to “go on a date.” He said he wrote him back, declining the offer, and asked the man to leave him alone. When he got to work, he said the man came to the store to get gas and afterwards pulled his car to the side of the store and sat there for about an hour.
He was asked to leave, at which point the clerk said the man began crying.
During this second incident, Hanley began asking the man about the earlier report and noted that the man’s eyes were bloodshot and that he was extremely fidgety.
Hanley asked him to step out of the car so he could evaluate him. He denied taking any drugs or more than a sip of alcohol, but was unable to complete a roadside test. Hanley noted that he had trouble speaking with him and told several different stories about why he had stopped to talk with the officers. He was constantly moving around and at one point took off running and hopped into the driver’s seat of his car. He struck another officer as he was trying to close the door. He was apprehended at that point and taken to the ground to be handcuffed.
He then refused to get up and then to get in the patrol car and had to be forced to comply.
A search of his car found methamphetamine in a small plastic baggie and a glass pipe.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office last week included:
•A woman reported that her storage unit at Colbert Mini Storage was broken into and ransacked.
•A Yamaha four-wheeler was reportedly stolen from the storage shed of a home on Ed Coile Road.
•Burglary was reported on Acorn Road last week. A man there said a 9mm Smith and Wesson firearm that he purchased from his son had been missing since the previous day. He also asked officer Chris Haston to check the status of another gun in his possession that he said he had purchased from his son earlier. This firearm came back as stolen out of Oconee County and Haston took possession of it.
•A woman on Moriah Church Road requested a report so that she could get her medications refilled after her home burned down on March 23.
•Officer James Justice responded to a mobile home park on Hwy. 29 South to meet with EMS paramedics who were on scene with an injured man who was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute.
Justice met with the man, who had a large “rug burn” laceration to his forehead, complained of neck pain and was “extremely inebriated.” The man said his wife had pushed him, causing him to fall and hit the ground face first. She then left the home.
The woman was found inside another mobile home, also inebriated. She told Justice she was asleep in the back of the home when the man woke her up. The two got into a verbal altercation and she said she left to keep it from escalating. She said that she did not put her hands on him and that the two are not legally married.
Due to the fact that both subjects were extremely intoxicated no arrest was made. The man was advised of the warrant process if he wished to press charges and he replied that he did not think that she meant to knock him down.
•Terroristic threats and acts were reported on DL Harris Drive last week. Officer Bradley Free spoke to a woman there by phone, who told him about a domestic dispute she had with her husband at that address. She said that they have been arguing over the past three months because she just found out her 35-year old son was not her husband’s biological son. She said that while arguing with her husband at their home that evening, her husband threatened to shoot her with a shotgun. She said she left and went to her sister’s home in Clarke County because she is afraid of him. She was explained the warrant and TPO process.
•Resource officer Mark Jerome met an assistant principal in his office who had detained a male student possibly “under the influence of something.” While searching his backpack, they found a knife with a two-and-a-half-inch blade. He was turned over to his stepfather and juvenile charges for a felony were taken out against him.
•A man on River Road reported that his jon boat was taken from behind his residence.
•A man on Colbert Diamond Hill Road reported a possible Craig’s List scam. He said he had a couch for sale on the website and a man called him and told him he wanted it, but was on vacation and would have his secretary send him a check and arrange for someone to pick up the couch.
He received a check for $2,945 from a credit union in Illinois and took it to his bank’s fraud department. He wanted the report in case there were further incidents.
•A woman on Fowler Freeman Road reported a dog bite and criminal trespass. She told officer Tyler Hanley that her neighbor was not to be on her property, but his dog came onto her property to chase a chicken. Her son went after the dog, which bit him. The owner of the dog was given a criminal trespass warning and the dog bite was turned over to animal control.
•A man reported that his camouflage book bag with his wallet inside was stolen from his unlocked truck while it was parked at his home on Strickland Circle.
•A barn fire was reported on Christian Strickland Road in Comer at 1:41 p.m., March 25.
•An electrical fire was reported upstairs at a residence on Pine Valley Farm Road at 10:39 a.m., March 26.
•A house fire was reported on Nowhere Road at 11 p.m., March 26.
•A fire in a car shed was reported at 3:10 p.m., March 27, on Hwy. 29 South.
•A grease fire on a stove was reported at 1:44 a.m., March 30, on Fowler Freeman Lane in Danielsville.
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