Covington officers called to domestic dispute

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

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.

'You know me'

Covington Police officers were called to the scene of a family fight with reports that the husband was hitting his wife in the head with his fist. Officers talked with the woman who said he hit her at least 10 times "like he was fighting a man." She said her husband was upset because she "nudged" him several times to wake him up to go to work. The husband was back in bed when police arrived and when they entered the bedroom, he refused to acknowledge them. Finally he woke up enough to see the officers and denied fighting his wife. "Come on, you know me, I work at the Waffle House," he told the officers. He went to jail.

'What's going on?'

CPD officers were working a traffic accident early in the morning when one of the officers observed a car get out of the line of traffic that was waiting to be waved through and park in front of a closed pawn shop. The officer saw the man act like he was going into the shop and then return to his vehicle and thought the man was behaving suspiciously.

The officer walked over to the man and asked what he was doing there and he said he had come to the store to pawn some tools. He then looked up at the officer and said, "Is this a license checkpoint?"

The officer told him no, it was the scene of a wreck and since they were on the subject, asked him if he minded showing him his driver's license. He had a valid driver's license, but the strong odor of marijuana that was coming from the vehicle told the officer his suspicions were well-founded, not to mention the marijuana and drug paraphernalia that were discovered in the vehicle. He went to jail and, by the way, he did not have any tools in the vehicle to pawn.

'Are you kidding?'

A driver unable to maintain his lane of travel was stopped by a CPD officer. The man had glassy, bloodshot eyes and told the officer he'd had one beer. The officer administered a field sobriety test and the man did not do so well. In fact, when it came to the one-leg stand, he admitted, "I couldn't do that test even if I was sober." He went to jail.

'I walk with a

limp, officer'

A driver was stopped by the CPD after an officer observed he was driving without any lights on about 2:30 a.m. When he exited his vehicle, the officer noticed him swerving on his feet and detected the strong odor of alcohol. When asked how much he had to drink, the man said he'd only had four shots and three beers. Despite the officer pointing to the darkened lights, the man told the officer it was impossible that his lights weren't on because he turned them on himself.

When it came time to do the field sobriety test, he sadly said he didn't think he could pass because he had bad hips and he walked with a limp. He was right, he couldn't pass. After offering the officer his lawyer's card, which he carried in his wallet, the man went to jail.

'Somebody spilled

beer on me'

A woman was stopped by a CPD officer who complained that the driver of a white truck was harassing her. In her vehicle, however, she had several passengers, several open bottles of cold beer, a bottle of gin and a cup filled with sweet tea and gin, not to mention that the odor of alcohol was strongly wafting from her person. She said she'd had one beer much earlier, or maybe it was two beers at lunchtime, well, actually somebody had spilled a beer on her shirt.

It came time to do the field sobriety test and the officer asked the woman how far she went in school and she replied she had completed the 10th grade. He then asked if she knew her alphabet, and she proudly assured him that she did. The officer told her to start reciting the alphabet with the letter C and ending with O. She began at Z and ended at W. The officer told her that wasn't what he instructed her to do and told her again what he wanted. That time she started at C and ended at Z. Again, he told her, that wasn't right. The next time she started at D and ended at Z. The officer, said, no, she was still doing it wrong. She said that she went all the way to Z because she wanted him to know she knew her alphabet.