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RHPD reports: 'I turn around, he's in my car'
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From Richmond Hill Police Department reports:

Public drunk: This one might go into the public drunkenness hall of fame. Police were sent to a Highway 17 motel around 11 p.m. June 27  “in reference to a white male jumping on the complainant’s vehicle.”

When officers got there, they found the man sitting on the hood of a black car.

“I began speaking to (the man) and instructed him to get off the vehicle,” the reporting officer wrote. “(He) said (the complainant) was trying to steal his vehicle.”

The man was described as “very unsteady,” and had almost fallen. He also had slurred speech and glassy eyes and said he’d had “a lot” to drink.

The man didn’t know the complainant, but “continued to say ‘I turn around, he’s in my car,’” the report continued, with the officer noting he wanted to make sure he had the story straight. “I reiterated his statement of his claim of the car belonging to him. (He) said ‘yep … and I’m like I jumped on the trunk, I’m like you can’t go bro, I don’t know who you think you are but you can’t have my car.”

Police then ran the license plate and found the car belonged to the complainant.

“(The man) was asked why he thought the vehicle belonged to him. (He) said his friend, who supposedly dropped him off, told him it was his car.”

There was no damage to the complainant’s car. The man was arrested for public drunkenness.

Matter of record: An officer was sent to the 84 mile marker of I-95 around 8:50 a.m. June 20, where a witness said he was changing a tire for a customer “and traffic was getting to close to him.” That witness said “at one point, a vehicle failed to maintain their lane of travel, left the roadway, and struck the customer’s traffic triangle.”

The officer noted “pieces of the traffic triangles were scattered in a 25-foot area behind the customer’s vehicle,” the report said. “Witness 1 stated that the driver of the vehicle in question may have been using their phone at the time of the incident.”

The officer then talked to the complainant, who said he was asleep in his semi when the accident happened, so he didn’t see who hit his traffic triangles. The witness said the vehicle responsible for hitting the triangle kept heading south. It was pulling a camper. The driver wanted a report for liability reasons.

 Damage: An officer responding to a “single vehicle collision on I-95” around 11:45 p.m. June 24 “noticed the pedestrian crosswalk signal was lying in the intersection of I-95 and Highway 144. After verifying the signal was out of traffics way, I proceeded to the vehicle collision until I could return at a later time.”

The single-vehicle collision was in the county near mile marker 88, but the driver was spotted walking about a quarter-mile from his car, which was apparently in the north bound side of the middle lane.  The officer stayed with the car, and noticed there “was yellow paint transfer on the trunk lid consistent with the shade of yellow that was on the crosswalk signal. As I approached the vehicle,” the officer reported, “I noticed a large dent in the front bumper/hood area that was consistent with the diameter of the crosswalk signal. My investigation leads me to believe that the operator of this vehicle … existed at the 90 mile marker southbound, struck the signal, then continued back onto I-95 SB until he collided with the guardrail at the 88 mile marker disabling the vehicle.”

Bryan County asked Georgia State Patrol investigate, and GSP worked with RHPD before arresting the man, who had a Sumter, SC address, and taking him to Memorial for evaluation. Georgia DOT was told about the wrecked signal.

 Tailgating, more: An officer patrolling Highway 17 near Harris Trail around 2:15 p.m. June 26 spotted an SUV “following the vehicle ahead of it too closely in Lane 2,” according to a report. The officer got behind the car and saw it also was missing a tail light. He pulled the driver over and told him why he got stopped.

The driver, who had a Ludowici address, said he “knew he was following the vehicle in front of him too closely, but was doing so because the vehicle switched lanes in front of him.”

It turns out the SUV also had an expired tag, and the man’s license had been suspended due to “child support obligations,” and that he was wanted in Long County for a probation violation.

The man was arrested. A search of his vehicle resulted in the officer founding “a glass smoking pipe with suspected marijuana residue in the center console of the vehicle.”

Harassment: A Richmond Hill man and his wife went to RHPD shortly before 7 p.m. June 25 to report that they were being harassed by Antifa because they’d formerly been associated with a group by the name of Identify Europa in 2018. The man said his personal information were published on a website called AltnataAntifa.Org, and both he and his wife, were being targeted and his wife said her employer had been contacted. They got a case number, and “addressed his concerns, and assured himt hat all the information that was posted is easily obtainable through public records and nothing posted was proprietary information,” the officer reported. “(He) was advised to contact police if he noticed any unusual behavior around his home, as it relates to this matter.”

Reckless driving: An office running radar around 9 p.m. on Highway 17 tracked a motorcycle doing 93 mph and pulled it over in the Walgreen’s parking lot.

The man said “there was no possibly way he was doing 93 mph as his motorcycle did not travel that fast. I checked the speedometer of the motorcycle and it is marked up to 120 mph.”

The officer also checked the man’s license and it had been suspended. He was arrested, etc.

Damage to vehicle: An officer was driving south on Highway 17 around 1:30 a.m.  June 26 when his car “struck an object in the road, which was later identified as a beaver.”

The car suffered minor damage. The officer notified dispatch and collected photographs of the beaver and damage to the vehicle.

Matter of record: Police were sent to I-95 north near Exit 87 around 1 p.m. June 26 because of a disabled vehicle.

The reporting officer “observed a large block of metal behind the vehicle. According to the driver, the metal, described as an approximately 1,000-pound steel bed knife, came loose and fell of the back of the flatbed.”

The officer saw “seven distinct gouges in the roadway, spread out over approximately 100 feet.”

The officer called dispatch and asked them to call GDOT and let them know of the damage to the interstate. The metal was towed to a place where the driver could “recover the steel block off the tow-truck and secure the load.”

Drugs: An officer on patrol around 11 p.m. June 23 near a motel on Highway 17 spotted two men “loitering at the rear corner of hotel,” a report said.

The officer was flagged down by the owner, who said he was about to call police on the men. The officer found the men “quickly walking to an upstairs room,” and then found them in the room. The officer also found marijuana and “a spoon with residue, and a used hypodermic needle,” as well as “steel wool, commonly used as a filter for narcotic smoking pipes.” Both men were arrested, etc.

Accident: A Hinesville woman reported around 8 a.m. June 24 she was driving north on Highway 17 near I-95 behind a log truck when it “came to an abrupt stop at the intersection” and she hit it, then it kept going. Her vehicle “incurred substantial damage to its front driver-side bumper, grill and wheel well,” and some other minor damage.

The woman described the truck but officers couldn’t find it.

Wanted person: Officers were sent to a Highway 17 motel around 4:20 p.m. June 24 regarding “unwanted subjects on the property,” a report said.

The manager told police “she attempted to speak with the occupant of (the room), in reference to payment. (She) stated (the woman) began using vulgar language so she called for law enforcement assistance,” the report said. “(The manager) said she wanted (the woman) to leave her property and advised never to return.”

Police went to the room and the woman answered, and said the issue was “over a fee payment of $10 for her dog’s stay. (She) expressed she completed payment via an online service for her stay.”
The manager said she would return the woman’s money and didn’t want her or her guest, a man, on the property. The officer told the woman that. At the same time, they ran a check on the woman through the Georgia Crime Information Center and found she was wanted in Chatham County. Chatham County wanted a hold put on the woman, so she was arrested.

Suspended license: An officer reported June 24 he was about to turn off Highway 144 west when a car pulled out in front of him and almost hit him. The officer pulled the car over and talked to the driver, who had a Florida license. A check showed it was suspended for failing to appear in court back in October 2018. The man was arrested. 

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