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BCSO reports: Bale of hay causes havoc for drivers
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From Bryan County Sheriff's Office reports:

Damage to property: Around 9 p.m. May 30 a deputy was sent to I-16 where “a vehicle was down in the median between the road and the weigh scale ....”

The deputy met with the driver and his three passengers, all of whom listed Metter addresses and all of whom “were shaken and complained of minor injuries inflicted by airbag deployment.”

“I asked the driver ... what happened and he stated that he was driving along at around 70 mph and all of a sudden out of nowhere was a round bale of hay,” the deputy reported. The car was towed, the people inside were treated by EMS and released. The deputy stayed with them until a friend picked them up.

Damage to property: A Statesboro man reported he was driving down I-16 on May 30 and hit the bale of hay mentioned in the above report. There was some damage to his vehicle, but he wasn’t hurt and could drive it on home.

Failure to yield: A deputy reported around 9:30 May 30 he was driving north on Highway 17 near Kelly Davis Road when “he noticed a small vehicle crossing the southbound lanes of Highway 17 from Kelly Davis Road … as (he) got closer the vehicle pulled into his path of travel. (The deputy) had to slam on his brakes and also swerve into the right lane to avoid contact with this vehicle.”

So, a traffic stop ensued.

“The vehicle stopped with half the car in the roadway and (the deputy) approached the driver, and as he approached, the driver was making remarks that she didn’t do anything wrong and doesn’t understand why she was being stopped and started calling (the deputy) a liar.”

The deputy told her “that he needs to see her driver’s license and we would not be arguing in the roadway and that the courthouse is where that happens. The driver then stated that she would be going to court because you’re a liar and I don’t have money for a ticket.”

The deputy wrote her a citation for failing to yield and “then went across the road where a person had been broken down waiting on a friend to help get their vehicle started,” the report continued.

As he was with that person, she backed up his story, saying “she witnessed the whole incident and would be glad to come and state what she witnessed.”

 DUI: A deputy on patrol around 2:19 a.m. June 2 on Highway 280 spotted a vehicle “travelling in the wrong lane of traffic then weaving off the right side of the roadway.” That happened about four times, then pulled the driver over near Harveytown Road. The woman had slurred speech and glassy eyes, and had a hard time walking or taking a sobriety test.

When asked if she had anything to drink, “she replied no that she did use meth about an hour ago.”

She was arrested, the car was towed.

Fraud: A Richmond Hill man reported June 1 that on May 24 “two people used his 150,000 American  Airline mileage points to purchase tickets from American Airlines without his authorization.” He gave the deputy their names and ticket numbers, and got a case number.

Criminal trespass: A deputy was sent to a Groover Hill Road address around 7:30 p.m.  June 2 where a woman said someone was taking things off her front porch. The woman told the deputy her sister was coming over and “took two concrete angels off of the front porch.” She also requested the deputy go tell the sister she was not allowed back on the property. The deputy then spoke to the sister, who said she didn’t take the angels, her son did to put one on her mother’s grave and one on his brother’s grave. Their father said the sister can come onto the property at any time.

Civil dispute: A deputy was sent to a Lansing Drive, Ellabell address May 28 to escort a teen who wanted to go pick up his property at another address. The teen said he “had recently left the residence to join the military and after deciding against enlisting he was informed he was no longer allowed at the residence and was unable to access her personal property to include high school diploma, birth certificate, and all of his clothing,” a report said.

After attempts to get his property back, the teen’s stepmother left his cap and gown and diploma in the yard, and texted the deputy that she “paid for his clothing and they don’t belong to him I’ve also had him evicted.” The deputy said no eviction notice had been served, which led to the woman’s response that she didn’t need an eviction notice because it was her house. The complainant was “informed of his possible legal action and proved a CRN.”

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