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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law enforcement officers say the most frequent answer they receive when they ask a motorist how much they've had to drink is, "Only two beers, officer."
But when those same people are given an alcohol breathalyzer test, the lie is revealed. In Georgia, a driver is considered to be driving under the influence if his blood alcohol level is .08 or above.
· A CPD officer responded to an accident on I-20 westbound and found a vehicle driven off into a grassy area near exit 90. The driver did not remember any details of the mishap.
The officer said he noticed the man had trouble standing still and stumbled when he walked.
"I asked (him) if he had been drinking alcohol. (He) stated he had a couple of beers," the officer reported.
He blew a .14.
· A woman who said she had been to Kmart shopping for her wedding was charged with DUI after a NCSO deputy saw her swerving into opposing lanes of traffic on Access Road near Crowell Road.
She blew a .16.
· Another woman was stopped on the Covington Bypass after a CPD officer noticed her swerving into oncoming lanes of traffic.
She told the officer she'd only had two shot glasses of vodka before leaving her house. However, the officer found a half-empty bottle of Barton Vodka in the front passenger's seat.
She blew a .22.
· Covington Police officers were called to the Chick-fil-A parking lot recently to attend to a man who witnesses said was obviously drunk and had crashed into another car in the drive-through.
Employees of the restaurant said they saw the man with open bottles of beer in his vehicle and they could detect a smell of alcohol emanating from the car. They also said a female passenger had fled from the car before police arrived and was last seen running toward a nearby nail salon.
The CPD report indicates the man could not stand up on his own, but he only admitted to have been drinking earlier at his residence.
The woman was located at the nail salon and charged with public drunkenness, while the man was arrested and charged with DUI.
He refused his blood alcohol test.
Not going far
Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were summoned to Oxford Way when a man reported his 2008 burgundy Dodge Charger stolen. Deputies told him they thought they'd passed the vehicle about 400 feet up the street, but there was a slight problem. The vehicle was sitting on a spare tire and a car jack and the victim's $2,500, 24-inch wheels were missing.
A woman called the Covington Police Department to report her car missing. She told them she found out her daughter had come by her house from Macon and had taken the car keys from her other daughter while the rest of the family slept. When she called the daughter from Macon, she told her she had left the green 1995 Mazda in a Motel 6 parking lot in Decatur with the keys inside. The mother went to the motel, but the car was gone.
· A CPD officer went to America's Best Value Inn on Alcovy Road after receiving a report of a man and woman fighting in the parking lot. When officers arrived they could see a man throwing bags of clothing at a woman while shouting profanity at her and demanding she get out of his room.
When officers tried to talk to the woman to get to the bottom of the situation, the man kept shouting profanity and officers reported they could smell alcohol on his breath.
The woman told them she had caught the man cheating on her and when she confronted him, he began throwing her clothes at her and screaming.
Where'd it go?
The owners of Cars for Christ on Washington Street reported that someone had stolen 1,000 feet of chain-link fence valued at approximately $5,360 from the back of their property.
The Dollar General Store near Food Depot on U.S. Highway 278 reported that a man was seen shoplifting $17 worth of socks and boxer shorts.
Officers arrived and detained a man fitting the description of the shoplifter, but he denied stealing anything and did not have any stolen items on him, according to a CPD incident report.
A few minutes later, officers located a QT plastic bag behind the Vet Clinic at the end of the shopping center containing two packs of Dollar General boxers and one pack of Dollar General socks. The man was arrested and banned from the Dollar Store.
A youngster said he was at Newton Factory Bridge Park and took his shoes off and got into the river. He saw another youngster get his shoes and put them on and start to walk off. The two got into a physical altercation, but the boy with the stolen shoes got into a vehicle and left.
The victim got the tag number and deputies stopped the car. The driver said his step-brother found the shoes in some weeds and took them and denied there was a fight over them. He assured deputies he would see that the shoes got back to the rightful owner.