COVINGTON — Three people have been arrested and charged with drugs and weapons offenses after a traffic stop where the driver of the car they were in fled from deputies.
Sometime after 1 a.m. Saturday, a Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a four-door 2007 Saturn in the area of Bypass Road and Ga. Highway 36. Sgt. Michael Cunningham said the driver of the car did not immediately stop and led the deputy on a chase before eventually stopping near the intersection of Monticello and Church streets in Covington.
At the scene of the traffic stop, the driver of the Saturn got out of the car and fled on foot and was not immediately apprehended, Cunningham said.
Three other occupants of the car, however, were detained.
“As a result of leading deputies on a chase, the vehicle was searched and deputies located a Smith & Wesson .38 and an unlabeled pill bottle with pills inside,” he said.
None of the three occupants claimed ownership of the drugs or the gun, so they were all three charged.
Kevonta Jordonique Turk, 18, of 10133 Village Drive; 21-year-old Kevin Bernard Terrell of 340 Crestfield Circle; and Sandino Mendell Aikens, 26, of 9237 Carr Circle, were charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of Schedule III drugs. (Lortab), failure to keep drugs in the original container; and possession of Schedule II drugs. Aikens was also charged with possession of arms by a convicted felon.
In other news, a Social Circle man was arrested after a member of NCSO’s Crime Suppression Unit reportedly found a significant amount of marijuana in his car.
Sometime around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the deputy pulled over a 1998 Honda Accord driven by Bryant Labaron Williams, 22, of 311 Dove Point, in the area of Ga. Highway 11 at Little River Road.
Cunningham said that initially Williams refused to obey the deputy’s commands to step out of the vehicle. The deputy deployed the K9 officer, who indicated that there were some narcotics in the car.
“Upon searching further, the deputy found a substantial amount of marijuana in the trunk,” Cunningham said.
Williams was charged with following too closely, possession of marijuana and obstruction of law enforcement officers.