From Richmond Hill Police Department reports:
Driving on the wrong side of the road: An officer going to work at 4:45 a.m. on June 28, “observed vehicular traffic reacting to an unknown object (ahead),” on Highway 84 in Liberty County, a report said.
The officer got into the middle lane to get a better look. He saw two vehicles ahead of him swerve to get out of the way of a third vehicle, which was heading west in the eastbound lanes.
The officer then took “evasive maneuvers/action to avoid impact and/or collision,” and then he turned around and pulled the car over. As the officer approached the car, he “immediately observed vomit down the driver door,” and “vomit down (the driver’s) shirt where he had vomited on himself as there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.”
The driver, who was slurring his words, claimed he only had two drinks and was trying to get home. The RHPD officer called for Liberty County authorities to come take over. They did and the man was arrested for DUI and other charges.
Matter of record: Just another day in the life of a cop. An officer was sent around 6 p.m. June 29 to Loves Truck Stop regarding “an irate customer.”
There, he met the customer, who claimed a store employee “got in his face in a threatening manner to a point where their chests were touching each other.” The customer said it happened after he gassed up his truck and pulled away from the pump so he could go inside the store. “Before he could do so, (the employee) ran up to him, got in his face and they started exchanging words.”
The employee had a different version. He said the manager asked him to go to the pump where the truck driver was filling up and make sure he didn’t leave without paying. Apparently, there was a problem because a “clerk that programmed the fuel pump put the amount of fuel ordered by another customer onto the pump (the irate customer) had used to put fuel in his truck.”
The employee said he “did not get in (the irate customer’s) face, that when he walked up to (the irate customer) he maintained an arm’s length distance from away from him. (The employee) advised that (the irate customer) started using profanity towards him, but no verbal or physical threats were made.”
The officer then talked to a manager, who said the irate customer “came inside the store and started throwing things at her, using profanity towards her and was very irate,” the report said. The officer asked if there was video from the incident and was told there were no cameras in that area, but the manager said her boss wanted the incident documented.
The officer then went back to talk to the irate customer, who said he didn’t throw anything at the manager, but “further advised he slammed his cards down on the counter and said, “This is (BS).” The irate customer also said the clerk who made the error and stopped the pump “caused a freeze to be put on his (fuel) card and he would not be able to make it Miami (that night).”
The officer told everybody he had no way to document their claims, the man had paid for his gas and “there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
Illegal dumping: An officer was dispatched to Plantation Apartments around 9:20 a.m. June 29 regarding a report of illegal dumping. There, he met with the complainant, who said earlier that morning a resident waved him down and told him she saw someone park a truck at the dumpster, unload furniture, put it beside the dumpster and leave. The officer was shown the furniture – a desk and shelf unit – and was told by the complainant he wanted to report the incident “because people keep dumping items that should not be dumped by the dumpster.”
From Bryan County Sheriff’s Office reports:
Obstruction, prowling, more: Deputies were called out to a Sandy Lane address around 6:18 on July 4 “in reference to a suspicious white female in the yard wearing all black with white tennis shoes,” a report said.
The complainant said she knew the folks who lived there weren’t at home and the woman in the yard didn’t live there. Deputies got a name and date of birth from the woman and ran it through dispatch, but it came up empty in Georgia. So, the woman was given a ride to a DB Smith Road address where she said she was living so she could show them a photo ID.
When they got there, a man said the woman lived there but he only knew her as “Peaches,” and while she was going to get her purse and deputies were talking to another person in the house the man yelled out, “She just went out the window.”
A deputy “gave chase,” and managed to catch the woman a short distance away. She was put in handcuffs and drove back to the house on DB Smith to get photo ID.
That didn’t work, and deputies also ran her name through New York “without any results,” so she was taken to jail along with a bag that was identified as hers, “as several items of jewelry and cell phones were located inside each bag.”
She was booked at Bryan County Jail as a Jane Doe until they finally found out she was arrested in Buffalo in 2008. The woman insisted the bag and the stuff inside wasn’t hers and it was returned to the DB Smith Road address, the report said.
Theft of service: A deputy was sent to a Pine Needle Drive address on Thursday “in reference to a man refusing to pay a cab driver,” a report said.
The deputy spoke to the cab driver, who said he brought a man home from the hospital in Statesboro and “the man had refused to pay him the $64.10 owed once he was dropped off.”
The deputy then spoke to the man’s mom, who said her son didn’t have any money and she was not going to pay the cab for him. She then said her nephew was a Bryan County deputy and the responding deputy could call him, which prompted the responding deputy to “advise her that whoever her nephew might be was not relevant to the case and unless that deputy was going to pay for the cab fare, there was no need for him to be called.”
The deputy then talked to the man, who said he didn’t have any money and couldn’t pay, so “I advised him and his mother both that if no one would pay, I would have no choice but to arrest (him) for theft of services,” the deputy wrote.
At that point the mother called her sister, who had a debit card, and she’d come over and pay. “After a short time, her sister arrived with the debit card, but refused to pay. She stated that (the man) needed to be taught a lesson.”
The deputy reported “I advised her I agreed that (the man) be taught a lesson, but not at the extent of an innocent cab driver who now had to cover the fare out of his own pocket.”
The cabbie was given a case number and told to stay in touch with the clerk of courts office to know when the man had his day in court. The man was then arrested and taken to jail, but “the jail refused to intake (the man) due to his health problems. (He) was then issued a citation for theft of services and returned to his residence.”
Compiled by Jeff Whitten