April 7 – A woman called police in regard to an assault. When the officer arrived at a home on Proman Hill Road in Richmond Hill he spoke with a woman who said her daughter had come to her home two days before and started arguing with a neighbor across the street. The woman said her daughter was about to hit the neighbor until she stepped in the way and pushed her daughter away from the neighbor. Her daughter proceeded to hit her instead.
The officer noted the woman’s eye was bruised with a yellow discoloration. The officer spoke with the neighbor who said the fight between the woman and her daughter was mutual. The officer advised the woman on warrant procedures.
DUI, Giving False Name
April 7 – An officer was patrolling on Highway 17 when he noticed a car traveling at a high rate of speed; he detected via radar the person was traveling 79 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone. The officer activated his lights and siren and the driver finally pulled over at a convenience store parking lot.
The officer spoke with the driver who told him he had recently misplaced his license and didn’t have insurance information because he had just bought the car from a relative. While talking to the driver the officer noted a strong odor or alcohol and said the man’s face was flushed, his eyes were bloodshot and his words were slurred. When he was asked to step out of the car he was having trouble standing.
The officer ran the name the man gave to him and it returned with a description of a man over six feet tall. The officer noticed the driver was much shorter and when he mentioned this to the man, he said he had recently had several back injuries and that he may have become shorter as a result. The tag on the vehicle didn’t match the description of that vehicle.
A sobriety test showed the man was under the influence of alcohol and he was placed under arrest. The man was taken to the Richmond Hill Police Department and was advised he didn’t fit the description of the man whose name he was using but he was adamant that was his name. A breathalyzer test showed the man was over the legal limit of the blood-alcohol ratio and he was ticketed for speeding and driving under the influence and was taken to the Bryan County Jail.
The officer later received a call from the jail and was told the man was positively identified under a different name than he was using upon arrest and that he was wanted out of Liberty County and Richmond Hill. The officer returned to the jail, voided the previous tickets, and was issued new tickets for speeding, DUI, having a suspended license, failure to maintain lane and illegal transfer of tag. A warrant was also obtained for giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
Firearm Discharge While Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
April 8 – Officers responded to a convenience store in Ellabell and met with two men who said they had been working on a man’s truck in the Polk Road area when the man came to his back door and fired a gun twice at something in his backyard.
The officers went to the scene where the two men said the man fired his gun and the man there told the officers he had shot out of his back door and told the two men to leave his yard, which they did. The officers decided to take the man’s guns until he sobered up. They took three guns, including two shotguns and a rifle.
April 11 – An officer responded to a call on Highway 17 south to assist a Richmond Hill Police officer in reference to an incident of road rage involving a gun. The officer spoke to the victim, who is a police officer in Chatham County, and he told the officer he was driving down Highway 17 in Richmond Hill when a Mazda Miata ran him off the road several times. He said the man driving the Miata lifted up his shirt and showed him a black hand gun. The complainant said the man continued to try and run him off the road.
A witness provided a statement in line with the victim’s. The hand gun of the driver of the Miata was taken by police and the man was arrested and taken to the Bryan County Jail.
Information taken from incident reports on file at the Bryan County Sheriff's Department.