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Police charge Covington man with laying drags

COVINGTON — Covington police have arrested a 45-year-old man on a charge of laying drags in a residential area in the middle of the night.

A person in the area called 911 around 3:30 a.m. Sunday to report that a black pickup truck was “burning tires up and down Carr Circle,” the incident report filed by Covington Police Department Officer Brandon Wilkerson stated. “Dispatch also advised that the call-taker could hear the truck burning rubber in the background while taking the call.”

When Wilkerson arrived in the area of Carr Circle, he could hear an engine rev up and the sound of tires squealing. Just about that time, he saw a black Chevrolet truck speeding down Carr Circle and run through the stop sign at Carr Circle and Puckett Street.

“I noticed that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed due to all four tires coming up off the ground as the driver drove through the intersection not yielding for any oncoming traffic that might have been walking in the street,” Wilkerson stated.

The officer then attempted to pull the driver over, but he continued to “drive all over the road on Collier and turned left on Kirk Street, failing to maintain his lane,” he reported.

Eventually, the truck turned onto Jefferson Village Boulevard and then onto Puckett Street, where the driver pulled into a driveway and then into the yard of his girlfriend’s house, the report states.

Wilkerson said the driver, later identified as Tyrone Brooks of 9142 Puckett St., stepped out of his truck, talking on his cell phone.

The officer stopped the man and placed him in handcuffs, at which time he smelled the odor of alcohol coming from Brooks.

Wilkerson then discovered Brooks had an outstanding warrant for probation violation and was driving with a suspended license. He transported the man to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center, where he was charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, laying drags, failure to maintain lane, no registration and stop sign violation.