Man charged with DUI, finds himself in strange surroundings at jail

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Not in Gwinnett anymore

Conyers police officers found a vehicle wedged nose first in a ditch and the driver with a strong odor of alcohol on his person. An empty gallon vodka bottle was in the car. The man told officers he knew he was drunk and he loved his wife. He declined to take the field sobriety test due to his intoxicated state.

Once he reached the Newton County Detention Center, he looked around and said, "This ain't Gwinnett County." His mood then turned belligerent and he refused to take the breath test saying, "I'm already DUI."

Not mine

An employee of General Mills notified the CPD that he had located a plastic sandwich bag that contained suspected marijuana on company property. Strangely enough, he said he asked all employees if it belonged to them and everybody denied ownership. The suspected marijuana was taken into evidence by the CPD and destroyed.

Something to work with

A man was arrested at Home Depot for shoplifting. The loss prevention officer said he observed him concealing multiple tool items on his person. When officers searched him they found $576.11 worth of tools. He was arrested.

* A homeowner reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that his home had been burglarized and the following items taken: a flat-nosed shovel, a spade with a wooden handle, a pick-axe, a sledge hammer and three pipe wrenches.

Taking it hard

A woman called the CPD and told them she thought she was being stalked by a boyfriend she had broken up with who seemed to be taking the dissolution of their relationship kinda hard. She said he first showed up at her apartment carrying a large knife and spit at her through the screen door. She said she didn't call the police then because she thought it was no big deal. Later she saw him on the roof at the rear of her apartment looking into her bedroom window and said he had called her cell phone multiple times.

Where am I?

A homeowner called the NCSO to report that an intoxicated male was attempting to gain entry to his residence. He said the male had passed out at the back door and did not know how he got there. He stated the last memory he had was drinking at Wild Bill's.

Long gone

A woman was visiting a "client" incarcerated in the Newton County Detention Center and reported that she thought a 1-carat diamond had fallen out of her ring while she was there. A search inside the jail and the woman's vehicle did not turn up the diamond. She estimated the value at $2,000.

More to the story

A woman called the NCSO and stated that her cousin came to her residence and rang the door bell. When she answered the door, a fight broke out.

It's complicated

The CPD was called to Kmart after a loss prevention officer observed a woman select two shirts, a pair of leggings and a pair of jeans from a rack. She then proceeded into another department where she removed the tags from the two shirts and left the tags on a shelf. She selected two bras and proceeded to the price checker. She then replaced the tag for the jeans and the tag for the leggings with the tags she took off the two shirts. She went toward the front of the store, taking the tag off of one bra and putting both bras onto one hanger. The woman purchased the merchandise with the swapped tags on it and left the store. She was arrested for shoplifting.

The one that got away

CPD officers were called to the aid of a cab driver. When they arrived at the location, they found him standing beside a yellow cab, holding a black leather jacket and a purple folder. He explained that he had grabbed the items away from a woman who owed him a $118 fare. He had given her a ride from Marietta to Covington.

The driver said when they arrived at the address she wanted to go to in Covington, she ran from his car to the back of the residence. She stayed there for a few minutes, so the driver followed her to the back yard of the house where he observed her looking in the windows. He demanded that she pay him and she started to run away. He grabbed her jacket and she came out of it and left him holding the coat. During the struggle, she dropped the purple folder. He said the woman then climbed a fence in the back yard and ran away. Police searched the area but never found the woman.

All cranked up

A man reported to the NCSO that someone had stolen two lawnmower starters from him -- one was cut off his lawnmower and the other one was sitting on top of the mower.

In an unrelated incident, a man reported that his garage had been forced open and the battery to his lawnmower had been stolen. Nothing else appeared to be missing.

Calm down, honey

A man notified the NCSO that his ex-girlfriend came to his house and broke a flower pot. He said she was screaming and "had to be held down." When she left, she busted the rear window out of his vehicle with a beer bottle. He said he didn't want to press charges, but just wanted to report the incident.

Where'd he go?

A man called the NCSO to report that he gave an acquaintance a $56 check to cash, his driver's license and his Ford Explorer pick-up several hours earlier. The man had not returned.

Some friend

A woman reported to the NCSO that a friend of hers put a knife to her throat and said he would kill her.


A deputy was summoned by two little girls around 9 p.m. who told him they had found a puppy stuck in a storm drain. The deputy entered the drain and freed the puppy.


A woman called the NCSO to her house during the recent snow storm to complain that her daughter had been hit in the face with a snow ball.

Didn't quite work out

A man called the NCSO to report that his 1993 Cadillac worth $3,000 had been stolen. While at the residence, deputies ran the man's name through the computer and discovered he had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested.