Rockdale deputies arrest two on meth charges

CONYERS -- A Conyers man wanted in Newton County on a failure to appear warrant was charged with drug violations by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Friday.

According to the RCSO incident report, an informant at Allied Recycling called a deputy shortly after 5 p.m. to report that Michael Wayne Christian, 37, of 1840 Francis Road, was at the Old Covington Road business with scrap metal. In his report the deputy stated that he knew Christian had been scrapping a lot of copper and other metals and wanted to catch him with some stolen property.

The deputy also stated that he knew Christian was wanted out of Newton County for failure to appear on burglary charges.

When the deputy arrived at Allied Recycling he saw Christian's pickup truck coming from the right side of the property and blocked his path with his patrol vehicle.

Christian was the passenger in the vehicle. The driver was identified as Scott Brady Stallings, 37, of 2677 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia.

Christian was placed under arrest on the Newton County warrant. Another deputy who arrived at the business searched Stallings and found a small black bottle in his left pants pocket. The bottle contained what appeared to be a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine shards.

A search of the vehicle uncovered a two glass pipes, a small set of electronic scales and a plastic bag containing other small plastic bags.

Christian and Stallings were taken to the Rockdale County Jail. A small bag of suspected methamphetamine was reportedly found on Christian during a search of him at the jail.

Christian was charged with two counts of possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and crossing a guard line with drugs without consent.

Stallings was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

In other police news, an RCSO deputy running radar on Ga. Highway 138 near Ralph Road early Sunday morning led to the arrests of two men on charges of drag racing.

The deputy reported that he was on the southbound side of the four-lane highway at about 4:15 a.m. when he observed two vehicles traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. The deputy clocked the vehicles at speeds ranging from 71 mph to 80 mph.

The deputy pulled over a white Chevrolet Cobalt while the other vehicle, a gold Malibu, kept going and turned into Martha's Vineyard subdivision.

The driver of the Cobalt, James Michael Watson, 21, of 5907 Ga. Highway 212, Covington, was questioned as to what he was doing, to which he replied "Being stupid," according to the report. Watson was charged with speeding, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and drag racing.

Watson denied knowing the driver of the other car that was involved in the racing; however, once at the jail he admitted that he and the other driver were friends.

Another deputy called to the scene located the driver of the other car. Joseph Conrad Christian, 20, of 573 Oglesby Bridge Road, Conyers, was charged with speeding, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, and drag racing.