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RHPD blotter: Scary man doesn’t need tag, insurance
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From Richmond Hill Police Department reports: 

Matter of record: An officer was sent to the Richmond Hill Library on Oct. 18 because a man was “scaring the staff.” The staff wanted the man to leave and the officer asked him to leave and he did. The man then got into a truck that “had a tag that said ‘private’ on it and said no driver’s license or insurance required.’” The officer conducted a traffic stop and told the driver why he pulled him over. The driver then “said he does not need a tag.”

The officer asked for the man’s license “and he said he did not need one either.”

The officer asked if the man was a “sovereign citizen,” and the man said no, he was a citizen of the U.S.

The officer told the man he’d seen ID on the table the man was sitting at, and eventually convinced the man to give it to him. A check showed the 37-year-old Ludowici man’s license had been suspended and he had a warrant in Long County. He was taken to RHPD and charged with suspended license, given bond and released. The truck was towed.

“(He) told me the truck did not have insurance on it because he believes he does not need insurance.”

Theft, damage to property: Ah, love. A man reported Oct.23 he let his girlfriend stay over at his apartment and “at some point a verbal dispute began,” so he told her to leave. She refused, so he called the cops. She left before officers got there, but first “threw a change glass, scattering change all over the bedroom, damaged the laptop and jumped on the hood of (her boyfriend’s) car, causing damage to the hood.”

The man estimated the damage to his hood and the laptop at more than $500. He also told police he was missing a couple of magazines. Police looked for the woman at her address, but didn’t find her. The man said he wanted to prosecute, but he didn’t want his girlfriend to go to jail or losing her nursing license.

Speeding: A Savannah man was clocked doing 82 mph on Highway 17 near the Montessori School around 4:15 p.m. Oct. 23. He was stopped at the Dollar Tree parking lot and police smelled pot. Some was found. The man was charged with speeding and misdemeanor pot possession. He was there to meet his grandmother for some cookies, police were told.

Matter of record: An officer was sent to the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 144 around 11 p.m. Oct. 22 where a vehicle had broke down. It was missing its front passenger tire and, “the driver stated he was driving and the tire came off.”

The officer checked the wheel and three of five studs had been sheared off. The vehicle was towed. The man was given a case number.

Traffic violations, DUI: An officer running radar from the shoulder of I-95 around 2:30 a.m. Oct. 21 was nearly hit by a “dark colored SUV,” which after “nearly colliding with my patrol vehicle” had trouble staying in its own lane. A traffic stop followed, and the driver at first said he was tired, but “there was an overwhelming odor of alcohol emitting from the passenger compartment of the vehicle,” his speech was slurred and he “had foam on the corners of his mouth.”

The man eventually failed a field sobriety test and blew a .195 on a preliminary breath test, the report said, and he was charged and then taken to Fort Stewart and turned over to MPs. His SUV was towed.

Theft: A Ferguson Lane man reported Oct. 22 someone stole a tire from a U-Haul car hauler he had rented. The man said he backed the trailer up the day before and when he came back out in the morning the tire was gone and the trailer was “laying on the ground where the tire was missing.”

Obstruction, etc: Police were sent to a Highway 17 motel on Oct. 19 because a homeless man was causing a ruckus. They learned he had been allowed to stay in rooms that hadn’t been cleaned yet in exchange for doing odd jobs, but then he started causing problems, they asked him to leave and he cussed out the clerk, etc.

Police found him at a nearby gas station, where he “was slightly argumentative and adamant he had done nothing wrong,” but gave officers his ID. Then they learned he was wanted in McIntosh County and when the man was told that, “(he) told (an officer he) had better call for back up,” and things went downhill from there. Ultimately, the man was arrested, and during that process he claimed the arresting officer “got to close to his groin area and sexually assaulted him,” and then resisted being put in a patrol car. He was taken to jail to be put on hold for McIntosh County authorities.

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