Three people were arrested recently following a traffic stop on Hwy. 72 at Sorrow Patterson Road for a non-working headlight.
The driver, Angela Gail Felts, 33, 1195 Hancock Road, Athens, was charged with DUI/alcohol, head/taillight requirements and driving while license suspended or revoked.
Passenger Richard Lee Hoyt, III, 40, 309 Cliff Griffith Road, Danielsville, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, prescription drugs must be in original container, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession and use of drug-related objects.
A second passenger, Preston Dean Lunsford, 19, 310 Cliff Griffeth Road, Danielsville, was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, hold for probation, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, prescription drugs must be in their original container and possession and use of drug-related objects.
According to the incident report, officer Josh Fowler observed a vehicle traveling west on Hwy. 72 with a non-working driver-side headlight and initiated a traffic stop. As the vehicle came to a stop, Fowler noticed the passengers begin to move around in their seats as if they were attempting to hide something. The driver, Felts, appeared intoxicated and did not have a driver’s license. She gave consent to search and said that when Fowler turned on his lights the passengers tried to hide something and she believed it was meth and a glass pipe. A search of the vehicle turned up a glass smoking pipe in the rear floorboard and a small plastic bag with a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Three narcotic pills were also located inside the vehicle. Both men stated the items belonged to the other. All three were arrested and taken to jail and booked on the listed charges.
In another arrest, Madison County Jail inmate Tyson D. Evans, 25, was charged with aggravated battery after he allegedly attacked another inmate inside the jail. According to the incident report, he struck the inmate in the face several times, causing him to fall down, then struck him several more times before dragging him into a cell where he struck him yet again. Evans then dragged him to the stairs and pushed him down the stairs with his foot, causing a fracture to the man’s face, a broken nose and split lip, which required seven stitches.
Other arrests on file at the sheriff’s office recently included:
•Dennis Paul Mathis, 39, 7240 Hwy. 172, Comer, was charged with battery-FVA, cruelty to children in the third degree and obstruction following an altercation with his wife. According to the incident report, his wife said Mathis was staying at the residence with their three children while she was out of town on business. She said when she came home and asked him to leave, he refused and when she grabbed her phone to call 9-1-1 he grabbed the phone and the pair scuffled. She said he grabbed her around the neck, leaving marks on her neck. Two of their children were allegedly present during the altercation.
•Rebecca Diane Burgess, 49, 2601 Della Slaton Road, Comer, was charged with pedestrian under the influence of drugs or alcohol after deputy Lewis Fisher was dispatched to Hwy. 172 regarding a suspicious person. He spoke with Burgess, who appeared to be intoxicated and had trouble standing. She told Fisher she had had an argument with her boyfriend and was planning to hitchhike to Anderson, S.C. Fisher asked her if she had anyone around there she could call and she replied, “no.” She was given a breathalyzer test and arrested.
•Maurice Dunn, 20, 552 Bryant Road, Maxeys, simple battery FVA.
•Gerardo Espinoza, 24, 151 Patrick Mill Road, Winder, hunting without a license, hunting without a big game license, interference with arrest or performance of ranger’s duties and hunting without hunter safety. (DNR)
•Marcus Lynn Hathcock, 49, 3080 Hardman Morris Road, Colbert, probation violation and two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
•Kalida Jamil Lanier, 30, 172 Sayemour Drive, Athens, deposit account fraud.
•Omar Martinez, 32, 1107 Old Elberton Road, Lot 1, Hull, pedestrian under the influence of alcohol or drugs and hold for probation.
•Hubert Lee Nicolas McElreath, 27, 1685 Young Harris Road, Danielsville, felony theft by receiving stolen property and felony theft by taking.
•Thomas Jason Melton, 42, 63 Dry Creek Road, Danielsville, obstruction, financial transaction card theft and five counts of financial transaction card fraud.
•Juan Carlos Mercado, 20, 9574 Hwy. 72 West, Lot 24, Hull, underage consumption of alcohol.
•Jason Kerry Moody, 27, 29 Amber Place, Commerce, probation violation.
•Charles Edward Niles, 50, 397 Fowler Drive, Athens, two counts of felony theft by taking.
•Towns Fredrick Roberts, 26, 422 Blueberry Lane, Winder, felony theft by taking and parole violation.
•Jeffrey Bernard Skelton, 32, 353 Helican Springs Road, Athens, failure to appear.
•Luther Bob Smith, 47, 44 Smith Road, Bowersville, battery-FVA.
•James Scott Strickland, 51, 2265 Colbert-Danielsville Road, Danielsville, hold for Ware County.
•Michelle Leigh Temple-Berryman, 36, 515 Wildcat Bridge Road, Royston, probation violation.