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RHPD reports: Woman bares too much at stop
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From Richmond Hill Police Department reports: 

DUI, etc: An officer on patrol around 9:48 a.m. July 18 at Interchange Drive on Highway 17 spotted a car making a slow U turn at Harris Trail.

“The vehicle appeared to be traveling extremely slowly …” the officer noted, and when it finished its maneuver, it headed south doing 20 mph or so in the left hand lane with the cop right behind it.

He pulled it over.

“With my blue lights and siren activated, the vehicle continued another 100 feet before the driver recognized I was behind it,” the report said. The driver pulled over and the officer reported he knew right away the 52-year old Richmond Hill woman was drunk.

“I advised her of her driving behavior and the reason for the stop. (She) explained the reason for the driving behavior was due to driving freaking her out,” the report said. “I asked her where she was heading to and (the woman) said she was going to (a liquor store near the traffic stop.)” The officer called a sergeant and asked the woman if she needed EMS, and she said she didn’t.

“Upon arrival of (the sergeant), (the woman) was asked to step to the rear of the vehicle. At this moment, I observed that (she) was wearing a scarf around her waist.

I then read her the Miranda rights warning, which she waived and stated she would speak to us.”

The woman also agreed to take a field sobriety test, then “advised that she was not wearing anything on the lower part of the body other than the scarf she had wrapped herself in. (She) later stated she intentionally left her residence like this because she was only going through the drive through.”

Officers then abandoned the idea of a sobriety test “due to the potential of (the woman) exposing herself during the test.”

EMS was called to make sure the woman was ok, but she refused medical treatment then agreed to give up a sample of her blood for testing. As the woman walked to the car, her scarf fell off, “exposing her naked lower body.” The woman was oblivious to that, however, but she did “fix herself,” when the officer asked. Her car was towed and she was taken first to RHPD, then to jail.

Matter of record: An officer was running radar around 10:30 a.m. July 18 on Highway 17 at I-95 when his license plate reader alerted on a car that was listed as stolen.

The car was heading onto I-95 North, so the officer pulled it over at mile marker 88, then told the driver she was being stopped because his tag reader reported her car as stolen.

“(The woman) became visibly upset and handed me her driver’s license and proof of insurance,” and told him she’d never reported her car as stolen, the report said. The officer checked again with dispatch and it showed the car was stolen, apparently in Chattanooga, Tenn. The officer called an officer there, and “after several minutes on the phone … it was discovered the wrong vehicle had been entered.”

The tag number on the woman’s car had a last four of 5855. The stolen vehicle’s tag was 5885.

The Chattanooga officer said the error would be fixed right away. “(The driver) was grateful and relieved that the mistake was discovered.”

Matter of record: An officer sent to a Highway 17 motel around 9:20 a.m. heard this “non criminal complainant” regarding an incident that took place the previous night.“One of the hotels contractors … who resides in the hotel was in the parking lot last night attempting to get someone to jump his vehicle with cables, due to having a dead battery. (He) was asking guests who pulled into the hotel’s parking lot. (Complainant) advised (the contractor) has a strong French accent which makes it difficult for people to understand him.”

That’s when a female guest approached them and “stated she felt unsafe in their hotel,” despite being told the man was a worker. They moved the woman and her family to a new room away from the man, but “the female was still unsatisfied with the new room ... then stated she was ‘packing’ ….” The woman said she had a gun in her purse and “will protect her family.”

No weapon was spotted, there was no sign of a crime and the clerk on duty the night before didn’t call 911, but they wanted a report the woman was armed for the hotel records.

Matter of record: An officer went to RHPD around 8:20 p.m. July 15 “in reference a report of harassment and defamation of character,” and met the complainant, who lives in the Ways Station Community. The complainant said there is “an individual within her subdivision who’s been harassing her and saying defamatory statements about her to her friends and neighbor.”

The complainant said so far she “does not believe (the suspect) is doing anything criminal in nature, but based off the libelous remarks heard from neighbors, she believes there may be a basis for civil action.”

The complainant said that over the past several weeks “her neighbors began distancing themselves and eventually stopped associating with her and the rest of their nuclear family,” the report said. “(She) advised she received information from other members of the (subdivision) that (the suspect) shared information in regards to her personal life and plans on obtaining her personal medical records via her military contacts. (Complainant) advised she believes (suspect) would do this to pollute her character and continue to regard her family with contempt,” the report said. The complainant said neighborhood children won’t play with her kids anymore “due to (the suspect’s) problematic behavior. (Complainant) advised she did not have any physical contact with her but has heard all this information through various community members and third person contacts.” The complainant said her family planned on going to the community association manager, “and inform her on the current issues.” The officer explained some solutions to the problem, including application for a good behavior warrant. The woman said she’d consider that but wanted the information documented “to be used as precedent for any future incident.”

Matter of record: RHPD officers were sent to the T/A truck stop around 3:11 a.m. July 17 regarding “a 50-year-old female with lesions. A short time later, we were then dispatched to an unrelated address for a possible abduction. The daughter of the alleged victim called Columbia Police Department due to a text from her mom stating she was being abducted.”

Officers then learned the name of the woman at T/A and the abducted woman matched. They found her in SUV with a man, and “she stated she sent a text to her daughter about being abducted because she was mad at the driver for not taking her straight to the hospital.”Bryan EMS evaluated both people in the SUV then took them both to St. Joseph’s because the man also had “the same issue.” The reporting officer called the Columbia Police Department “and informed them that there was no abduction, that (the woman) lied to her daughter due to being mad at the driver.”

Criminal trespass: A Bristol Way woman reported June 12 she was helping her husband get ready for work around 5:30 a.m. when she saw a car parked in front of her mailbox with two back doors open.

“She then spotted a subject by her husband’s pickup truck. She advised the subject said, ‘oh (bleep) and then ran and got in the vehicle parked on the street. (The woman) advised at the same time she spotted the subject, she observed a second subject between the vehicles parked in the driveway next door and that subject also ran and got in the vehicle parked in the street.” The car was described as a black sedan, with a Florida tag. Nothing was taken from the man’s pickup. In a separate report, a neighbor said there was security footage showing a person in their van parked in the driveway. Nothing was reported taken.

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