By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
RHPD blotter: Boyfriend borrows car, bad thing happens
Richmond Hill Police Department logo.jpg

From Richmond Hill Police Department reports:

 Matter of record: A woman reported May 2 that the night before, she took her boyfriend to work in Savannah around 10 p.m. but he wasn’t needed that night, so they headed back to Richmond Hill.

At some point while driving up Highway 17 they got into an argument and that caused her to lose control of the vehicle, “where she didn’t hit anything but it caused her to spin out and then come to a complete stop.”

Then they got back home and went to bed, and when the woman woke around 9 a.m. to go to the bathroom her boyfriend was still in bed.

But then he was gone.

“When she came out she discovered (her boyfriend was gone) along with her keys to her (1997 Lexus).”

While the officer was taking notes, the woman was contacted by her boyfriend’s father, “who stated that he was contacted by (her boyfriend) who stated that (her) vehicle was involved in a crash where he ran.”

That crash was in Richmond County somewhere in or near Augusta. The officer got hold of a deputy from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and he said there was a hit and run and a man got out and ran away on foot. The car had been towed.

The woman was told how to get her car back and she got a case number.

Traffic: An officer monitoring traffic on I-95 near exit 87 on May 3 saw an SUV headed south in the 70 mph zone at what “appeared to be an extremely slow speed.” He clocked it going 44 mph, then as it passed his location it slowed down to 38 mph.”

The SUV also had a headlight out.

A traffic stop ensued. Marijuana was smelled coming from the vehicle. Pot was found, etc. Three people were cited and given court dates.

Traffic: A man was clocked doing 88 mph on I-95 around 5 a.m. May 7. The driver said he didn’t ha ve his insurance card but would check with his wife. In the meantime the officer went back to his car to run the tag and found it had expired in July 2019 and the man’s vehicle wasn’t insured. He was given a courtesy ride to Love’s Truck Stop and his vehicle was towed.

Traffic: An officer clocked a vehicle headed 85 mph on Highway 17 near the KOA around 3:45 p.m. May 2 and conducted a traffic stop. The driver reportedly told the officer he thought he was only going 70 mph, and handed over a ticket he’d gotten earlier on the same day by a North Carolina State Patrol trooper.

Then the officer was told by dispatchers the Connecticut license plate on the man’s vehicle had been stolen from a van, and the man’s Connecticut license had been suspended. What’s more, he was wanted in Liberty County for aggravated assault, possession of a knife during commission of a crime, obstruction and probation violation.

Officers also found some cocaine during the subsequent arrest and search. The man was held for Liberty County authorities, his vehicle was towed.

Traffic: A Cordele man was heading south on Highway 17 around 11 p.m. May 5 near the KOA when he was clocked going 69 in the 55 mph zone. He was pulled over. The officer smelled pot. The driver said he might have an open case in Chatham County and thought his license might be suspended for a court case in Chatham County, and a check showed it was. He also told authorities there as a bag of pot under the driver’s seat. They found a small bag.

He was cited for speeding, suspended license and possession. His vehicle was towed.

Traffic: A Savannah woman was clocked heading south around 72 mph on Highway 17 near the KOA on May 6 at about 11:50 p.m. The officer smelled pot. Ultimately she was charged with speeding, marijuana possession and given a warning for open container. During the search a weapon was also found. The woman told the officer she was speeding because she was late for work.

Matter of record: A woman reported May 4 her estranged husband was harassing her, and called her approximately 61 times the previous night. She said he also sent nude photos of her to one of her friends. She wanted to get a temporary protective order and was told how.

Criminal trespass: The manager of a mini storage facility on Highway 17 reported May 7 a portion of the fence had been cut. There was no other damage. She got a case report number.

Matter of record: Managers of a fast food restaurant said May 7 that an employee did not go home quietly after being fired around 3:30 p.m., and “threw items around the store while yelling and screaming at employees and guests.” Witnesses said the former employee left about one minute before the officer arrived. The complainant was told to call back if the former employee returned.

Traffic: An officer saw a car go by around 12:20 a.m. May 8 “in the area of (Highway 17) and Sommers Boulevard … with a temporary tag that appears to have been written by hand and the tag was also expired.”

He pulled the car over near 17 and Ponderosa Road.

“The driver immediately (said) that he had just got the vehicle out of an impound lot and asked (the officer) not to tow the vehicle. (He) then informed that the vehicle was not registered and did not have insurance.”

The driver didn’t have a license and gave the officer a North Carolina ID card. A check of the vehicle’s VIN number showed it was insured, but registered to someone else, and that the man’s license was suspended. The man was cited, the car was towed, etc.

Traffic: An officer stopped around 11:15 p.m. May 8 for a train at 144 and Richard Davis Drive checked the tag on the car in front of him and discovered it didn’t have insurance. After the train went by a traffic stop ensued on the other side of the tracks at Frances Meeks. A check showed the insurance had recently been canceled. The man was cited and he was given a courtesy ride home. His car was towed.

Traffic: On May 8 around 9:30 p.m. an officer on patrol was stopped at the light at 144 and 17 when he the tag of the car in front of him. It came back with no insurance and suspended license and registration. The car was pulled over, the driver immediately told the officer “she was sorry and that she was not feeling good,” but declined EMS. After verifying the woman was driving a car with suspended registration on a suspended license with no insurance, she was given a court date and her car was towed.

Matter of record: Police were sent to a Highway 17 motel around 12:25 p.m. May 2 because a woman was yelling at staff. Management said the woman had stayed there four days and “when staff went to clean the room after checkout, they found the room in a disgusting state. They advised that the female was angry and began yelling at staff prior to police arrival.”

An officer went to talk to the woman, who said “she was angry about a dispute involving the price of the room she stayed in, but was willing to leave the hotel.”

The woman, who gave police a Florida address and has a long list of run-ins with the law for theft, then asked for a ride to the Amtrak station in Savannah. The officer called her a cab. The manager wanted the woman given a criminal trespass notice as well. She was.

Matter of record: A man reported April 28 two screens had been ripped off windows of the amenities room at Way Station Apartments.

Pot, traffic violation: An officer spotted a car take a right without stopping at a red light at Highway 17 and I-95 round 1:14 a.m. April 27. The driver smelled of pot, and the officer found pot and booze in the car. The woman was charged with possession of less than an ounce of pot and a traffic violation and given a court date.

Matter of record: A woman reported April 27 her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend sent her a threatening message on Facebook. The two women then exchanged messages before the current girlfriend told the ex girlfriend not to contact her again. The boyfriend lives in Port Wentworth and his current girlfriend lives “somewhere in Effingham County.” The officer told the complainant how to get a restraining order.

Drug possession: A man was cited for possession of marijuana April 27 after a traffic stop for an inoperable brake light led to a traffic stop and the drug dog alerted on his vehicle. A small bag of marijuana was found in the center console, the report said.

Sign up for our E-Newsletters