On the beat: Some people get an early start celebrating holidays

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

Just a few

A man was driving on the unfinished construction lane on Alcovy Road when a Covington Police Department officer spotted him. He stopped the vehicle and could detect a strong odor of alcohol. The man readily admitted he'd had a "few beers." When asked to be more specific, he said he'd consumed eight Budweisers approximately 30 minutes prior. He flunked the field sobriety test and blew a .19 on the Breathalyzer. He went to jail.

· Also, a woman was stopped on Alcovy Road by the CPD after she was seen weaving all over the road. The officer told her he'd seen her weaving and asked if she was all right. She assured him she was fine and the weaving was due to her eating popcorn while driving.

The officer asked her the fateful question, "Have you had anything to drink tonight?" and she said she'd had three "white Russians" a while ago. She failed her field sobriety test as well, but refused to blow into the Breathalyzer. She went to jail.

· CPD officers were alerted to a man driving westbound in the eastbound lanes on Interstate 20 and when they located him and got him stopped, the officer smelled alcohol and noted a "somewhat blank, lethargic expression on his face."

The officer explained the problem and asked what had caused him to do such a thing and he explained that the car had recently been worked on and his headlights weren't working properly. But, the officer observed that the lights were working just fine.

Meanwhile, the odor of alcohol was all too apparent. He flunked his field sobriety test and refused the Breathalyzer.


A man called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report that someone had stolen his Chevy. It was a 1964 Bel-Air valued at $28,000.

· A woman reported to the NCSO that "an old high school friend" was sending her vulgar and threatening messages.

Lost GPS

Perhaps the thief thought this GPS had his name on it. The brand name is "GPS for Dummies." It was left inside a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer, which the NCSO deputy noted didn't have a tag.

Just a mistake

The CPD was called to Kmart to arrest a woman who was attempting to steal two pairs of sweat pants. When confronted with the evidence, she told the officers, "It was a stupid mistake."

· Another Kmart shopper filled two empty pocketbooks with items she apparently needed - three pairs of shoes and children's clothing valued at $91.94.

Not a Merry Maid

The owner of Merry Maids of Conyers notified the NCSO that his company had cleaned a house on Chimney Ridge Lane in Covington on three occasions, for a bill totaling $488. The credit card used to pay the bill was not honored.

Funny Money

A woman attempted to pay for items she'd selected at Repairers of the Breach Thrift Store with a counterfeit $20 bill. When employees explained they couldn't accept the bill as payment, she told them she'd go to the car and get some more money from her husband. She never came back. The Secret Service was notified.

Getting up firewood

A man notified the NCSO that a neighbor came on his property and cut down trees without his permission, while a woman called and said a man came onto her property and loaded up the firewood she had cut and stacked in her back yard.

Try not to be obvious

An officer was called to the Chevron gas station on Flat Shoals Road, but in making the investigation he noticed a Cadillac exit the parking lot quickly upon spotting him. This behavior caught the deputy's attention and he followed the vehicle. When he stopped the car and asked the driver for his license, it turned out he didn't have one. The Cadillac driver's license was suspended for non-payment of child support. He was taken to jail.