On the beat: Man stopped after near collision with patrol car

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

You got me!

A Porterdale man was stopped by an NCSO deputy after he nearly crashed into the deputy's patrol unit. When the deputy asked for the man's driver's license, he spotted a bag "containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana." The deputy asked, "What's in the bag?" to which the man replied, "You know what it is." He was taken to jail.

· CPD officers stopped a car for not using a turn signal and for no taillights. While speaking with the woman driver, officers said they noticed the two passengers moving around and acting suspicious. When the male passenger got out of the car after the owner had consented to a search, a clear plastic bag that contained a "white crystal substance" fell out of his pants. The officers asked the man if he had anything else on his person, and he advised he had a bag of marijuana stuffed down the back of his underwear. He was found to be absolutely right and was arrested.

Happy endings

CPD officers were summoned to a Captain D's restaurant after someone left a black purse there. Inside, the officer found a wallet and identification. While the officer was still at the restaurant, a woman called and said she had left her purse there. The officer spoke to her and confirmed that she was the owner of the purse. He said she could pick it up at CPD headquarters.

· Another black purse was recently located in a ditch when a passerby saw it and notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office. Turns out it was the purse stolen from a woman who left her car running but unattended at a service station with her baby inside several months back. Someone entered the car and took her purse, leaving the vehicle with the baby inside.