Woman crashes van into occupied house

COVINGTON — A 38-year-old woman drove a Chrysler van into the front porch of home where several family members, including children, reside Saturday night about 7 p.m., according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Carla Angalee Presley of 1103 Emory St., Oxford, was arrested and charged with DUI, two counts of battery under the Family Violence Act, criminal trespass and four counts of cruelty to children in the second degree.

No one was injured in the incident, although a middle-school age child was in the front yard at the time the woman left the roadway, went through the yard and struck the house at 70 Breedlove Lane, NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said.

Mitchell said deputies were sent to the residence after a call came into the 911 dispatch center concerning a domestic dispute.

"When deputies arrived, they discovered a female was being restrained by family members," Mitchell said, adding that there was damage to both the Chrysler van and the porch of the home. "Further investigation revealed that she had also assaulted a male at the location."

Mitchell said the woman was evaluated by medical personnel and released to the custody of the NCSO.

In other crime news, a 13-year-old Sharp Learning Center student was taken into custody by Juvenile Justice authorities Thursday after a school resource officer was called to a classroom by a teacher who told him a cell phone went off during class.

"I advised the teacher that I would not search the students. However, I would ask for their assistance in locating the cell phone," the officer stated in a NCSO incident report. "... a student advised she observed the cell phone being thrown onto a table in the classroom. With the teacher's permission, I looked around the table. On the bottom shelf, I observed a piece of poster board. After looking under the piece of poster board, I located a cell phone, lighter and a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana rolled in pink notebook paper and in an empty package of gum."

The youngster believed to own the contraband was charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

Also, on April 22, a 14-year-old Indian Creek Middle School student was found to be in possession of a folding utility knife and a folding pocket knife and was charged with having weapons on school property. He was also taken into custody by Juvenile Justice authorities.