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 email@example.com.
Don't drink and drive
A driver who admitted to a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy that he had one 8-ounce Budweiser consented to a field sobriety test after being stopped for weaving from side to side on the roadway.
The deputy asked if he had any medical problems that might interfere with the test and he replied, "No, my feet are just tired. I've been working all day." And when it turned out that he couldn't complete a one-leg stand for the required time, he offered the excuse, "I can't do that because I'm too tired."
Next the deputy asked him if he knew the alphabet and he said, "I know it well." The deputy asked if he could recite the alphabet starting with the letter "D" and continuing to the letter "Q." This feat was a bit beyond him, as well, so he told the deputy he was sure he could do it if he could just start at the beginning and say the whole thing. The deputy agreed, but his alphabet expertise was not improved.
After failing to perform several other exercises, he was asked to blow into the Breathalyzer at the jail. His first attempt registered a .23 (with .08 considered over the limit); the required second attempt was beyond him, however. "I just cannot blow hard enough to do it," he said.
· A driver who was stopped by the Covington Police Department had similar problems with his evaluation, but freely admitted, "You got me. I can't do this."
He went to jail as well, and on the way he kept asking the officer, "What would you do if you were in this situation?" The officer told him he couldn't give him any legal advice. He blew a .22.
· The motorcyclist left a local bar and the CPD was alerted that he might be DUI. An officer spotted him and observed that he was traveling very slowly and weaving from side to side in the roadway, so he stopped him.
The driver stopped his motorcycle, but did not put his feet on the ground or engage his kickstand. He went crashing to the ground and his Mr. Boston-brand vodka fell to the ground along with a large bottle of minty-fresh Listerine mouthwash.
As officers helped the driver pick himself up off the ground, they asked if he'd had anything to drink. He replied, "Yes, half a pint."
Apparently as a result, he could not perform his field sobriety test because he kept swaying backward and officers had to grab him to make sure he didn't fall. He went to jail.
He just took it
A man notified the NCSO that he sold his truck to an acquaintance who took it without paying for it.
You can't do that
A young man went to Wal-Mart and apparently decided he needed a new pair of tennis shoes. He picked them out and tried them on. He was then observed putting his old shoes into the box the tennis shoes came out of and placing it back on the shelf. He then proceeded to walk out of the store.
· A man was observed at Kroger on Salem Road putting a box of Ritz Bitz crackers and a bottle of Bolt House Farms passion fruit drink into his backpack. When confronted by the manager he said, "I do what I have to to get food. I was hungry." The value of the stolen items was $2.99, but the man admitted he had no money to pay for them.
· A woman went to the Dollar General store apparently with back-to-school shopping on her mind. She was carrying a large black purse/tote and was observed dropping in pencils, crayons, scissors, Elmer's glue, notebook paper, zipper binders, filler paper and portfolios amounting to $41.20. When officers arrived she was pushing a shopping cart with two notebooks in it. The rest of the loot was in her bag.
All of the above shoplifters were prosecuted.
In the gutter
A woman flagged down an NCSO deputy to tell him that somebody took the end off her gutter and the splash guard under it.
A man notified the NCSO that the folks at a local automotive store sold him the wrong size lug nuts. He said his front tire had fallen off and the wheel rim was damaged.
A woman called the NCSO to report that she thought someone had shot a hole in her window. When the officer looked at it, he told the complainant it looked as if a rock had hit it. She said somebody told her it looked like a bullet hole.
A Covington pediatrician notified the CPD that someone stole an otoscope - the thing they use to look into ears - from its stand in an examining room.
A man filed a complaint with the NCSO that money was taken out of his 401K account without his permission.