Auto theft suspect arrested in Covington

COVINGTON -- A Conyers man wanted on a charge of auto theft in Walton County was arrested by the Covington Police Department at about 1:30 Saturday morning after he allegedly broke into a car in a parking lot on Emory Street.

Police patrolling in the area of U.S. Auto Sales on Emory Street reportedly heard the sound of glass breaking coming from the area of The Depot restaurant.

Officers observed broken glass on the passenger side of a Jeep Liberty and a man sitting inside the vehicle on the driver side.

The suspect was ordered out of the car and told to stand in front of the car with his hands on the hood. The suspect reportedly attempted to run from police but was caught within a few feet.

After identifying the suspect, officers ran his information through the computer system and learned that he was wanted on a Walton County warrant for auto theft. The 2004 Dodge Ram pickup stolen from Walton County was recovered nearby in the parking lot.

According to the incident report, police determined that the suspect, Dalibor Radovanovic, 20, of 3301 Sams Way, Conyers, had taken a dolly strap from the tool box on the rear of a wrecker parked nearby and used it to break the window of the Jeep Liberty.

Radovanovic was booked into the Newton County Detention Center on charges of theft by taking misdemeanor, felony entering auto, obstruction of an officer, and consumption of alcohol by a minor. A hold was also placed on him for the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

In other police news, a Covington woman faces drug charges after she was pulled over in the Ga. Highway 142 Taco Bell parking lot Friday night and a drug dog indicated the presence of narcotics in her car.

According to the incident report, an officer saw the suspect, Christy Arrington, 20, of 285 Laurel Way, driving erratically in the Wendy's parking lot. According to the officer, Arrington pulled into the drive-through in the wrong direction and then made a U-turn in front of the officer. Arrington reportedly appeared to be disoriented or under the influence, according to the report.

The officer stopped Arrington's car in the Taco Bell parking lot. When asked for her drivers license and proof of insurance, the suspect reportedly appeared to be trying to hide something under a jacket in her lap. After stepping out of the car, the suspect reportedly displayed symptoms of drug use, particularly methamphetamine, according to the report.

The officer learned that Arrington's license was suspended. She was placed under arrest but did not give police permission to search her car. Sgt. Jason Cripps with the Porterdale Police Department responded to the scene with the drug dog Beau. The K-9 officer indicated narcotics on several areas of the vehicle, according to the report.

A search of the car revealed a fabric bag containing a blue plastic container holding a "large shard of crystal methamphetamine and other small loose meth crystals."

In addition, three pipes used for smoking meth and marijuana were found, along with a digital scale commonly used to measure drugs.

Arrington was taken to the Newton County Detention Center where she was charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a Schedule I and II drug with intent to distribute.