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Getting the intoxicated off holiday roads
Richmond Hill Police blotter

Nov. 26
• Wanted person — An officer patrolling Highway 17 near Piercefield Drive shortly before midnight Nov. 26 spotted a pickup headed south with no headlights. He pulled the guy over at the I-95 interchange.
Turns out the man was wanted by Bleckley County and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole. He was arrested.

• Possession of marijuana, driving too slow — A North Carolina man was arrested on various charges on Thanksgiving eve after he refused to get out of the fast lane on Interstate 95. The report said the man’s vehicle was traveling southbound around 10:40 p.m. “at 72 mph in the far left lane … while in heavy holiday traffic. I was behind the vehicle and the suspect vehicle failed to move to slower lanes of traffic, even though the opportunity presented itself. The suspect was impeding the flow of traffic, in violation of Georgia state law,” according to the officer’s report.
So, the officer pulled the driver over.
“While speaking to the driver, I detected the odor of green marijuana coming from the passenger area of the vehicle,” the officer reported. “The driver … was informed of the impeding flow violation and had no response.”
The officer got the man’s license, registration and insurance and then ran a check through the Georgia Crime Information Center. It showed the man’s North Carolina driver’s license was suspended, and he was wanted by the state for violating his probation.
Another officer showed up, and the driver was asked to step outside his car. “(He) stated his license was revoked in Virginia, but stated he was unaware his license was suspended in North Carolina.”
He was handcuffed and the officer then asked about the smell of marijuana coming from the SUV.
“(He) stated that was because marijuana was located in the rear cargo area of the vehicle, within a speaker.” The pot was found, along with a “multi-colored smoking pipe.”
The man had a dog in the vehicle, and Bryan County Animal Control responded to pick it up, along with information “about the dog’s owner and someone that could pick up the dog.”
The SUV was impounded. The man’s marijuana, less than 5 grams, was turned into the Richmond Hill Police Department evidence locker.

Nov. 27
• Drinking in public — An officer patrolling around 4 a.m. Thanksgiving spotted a car stopped in the right-turn lane on Harris Trail at Bristol Way. The car’s engine was off, but the lights were on and no one was inside. The officer got out of his car and spotted “a male off on the side of the road by the fence line of the El Cheapo gas station tugging on the arm of a female. Once they both observed me, they began walking in my direction,” the officer said in his report.
The man then told the officer he and his girlfriend had been arguing for the past hour.
“(The man) stated they had both been drinking all night, and he had been trying to call his father to come and pick him up for the last hour,” the report continued, noting the officer asked who had been driving the car “since they were both intoxicated.”
The girlfriend said “a friend had been driving but had walked off after stopping in the middle of the street.”
The boyfriend said his girlfriend had been driving but “during the argument she got upset so she stopped the car in the middle of the street and took the keys and tried to run off.” The man told the officer he’d been trying to get the keys from the woman when the officer had pulled up.
At that point, the girlfriend got angry and began arguing with her boyfriend, so the officer “made both parties separate once another officer arrived on scene.”
And then the officer tried to figure out what was what.
“(The boyfriend) stated (his girlfriend) threw a drink at him during the course of the argument and stated that she was driving and he went with her because he did not trust her with his truck,” the report said.
When the officer asked if the argument became physical, the man refused to say and stopped answering questions.
“I then attempted to speak with (the girlfriend) who stated that she was very intoxicated and stated she would never drink and drive,” the officer wrote. “I asked her again how the vehicle got to this location to which she changed her answer and stated that (the boyfriend) was driving the vehicle so when he stopped she pulled the keys out of the ignition and tried to walk away.”
The officer also asked her if the argument turned physical, and the woman refused to say. Ultimately, both the man, who was born in 1981, and the woman, who was born in 1978, were arrested for public intoxication. Both were released to their parents.

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