CONYERS — Even on their days off, law enforcement officers may be called into action.
Such was the case for an off-duty Greensboro police officer who contacted the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Saturday to report he was following a suspected drunk driver traveling east on Interstate 20.
Deputy Bradford Lockridge caught up with the off-duty officer who advised the suspect was driving a silver Nissan Altima.
Lockridge soon caught up to the car, which was weaving in and out of the lanes of travel, crossing over the fog lines and jerking back onto the roadway. He pulled the car over near the Salem Road exit.
“When I reached the driver side window, I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle,” the deputy stated in the incident report.
Even though the deputy could see the driver’s wallet in his back left pocket, the driver continually searched for his license.
“As the driver was searching for his license, I asked him, ‘Have you been drinking tonight,’” Lockridge reported. “He stated to me, ‘Later tonight I am.’”
The deputy had the driver, later identified as Jonathan Hosley, 43, of 200 Creekview Blvd. in Covington, perform a series of field sobriety tests, including a portable breathalyzer test, which indicated a breath alcohol concentration of .271, the report states.
Hosley was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and open container of alcoholic beverage.
In other news, a off-duty Rockdale deputy came across a potentially life-threatening event while walking his dog Saturday.
“We’re sworn to protect and serve all the time. We’re never really off duty,” Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Michael Camp said. “In this situation, the deputy was there when this went down in front of him where he witnessed a very violent act.”
Deputy David Kain was off-duty Saturday night when he was out walking his dog in his neighborhood. As he was walking around 11:20 p.m., he heard yelling, screaming and doors slamming from a house on Rock Mill Lane.
“The deputy witnessed an older black male exit the house yelling at a younger black male,” Camp reported. “The older male pulled out a gun and pointed it at the face of the younger male and told him he would kill him.”
The deputy hurriedly began putting his dog in the back of his truck and called 911. Just about that time he heard a gunshot and saw the two men wrestling over the gun, Camp reported.
“Deputy Kain got the victim and pulled him behind a vehicle and checked to make sure he was not shot, which, fortunately, no one was,” Camp said.
The suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Willis Recco Sheppard, and the victim’s mother then came out of the house.
“Kain then drew his off-duty weapon and held the man at gunpoint until uniformed deputies arrived a short time later,” Camp said.
Responding deputies patted the suspect down for a gun, but were unable to find it.
According to the incident report, the argument began in the house between the victim and his mother, Mary Teresa Emeka, 43. The altercation continued onto the front porch where Sheppard — Emeka’s fiance — and the victim began fighting.
Sheppard continuously denied having a gun and said he didn’t know anything about a gunshot, although another neighbor told deputies she saw numerous sheriff’s vehicles when she looked outside after hearing a single gunshot, the report states.
Emeka was reportedly uncooperative when deputies arrived, complained about her son and blamed the incident on him, authorities said.
Investigators then secured a search warrant for the home where they found ammunition and a gun holster, but were unable to locate a gun.
Sheppard, who provided an address of 21 Windcrest Ct. in Covington, as well as 2334 Rock Mill Lane, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and two counts of cruelty to children since two younger children in the home witnessed the altercation.
Emeka was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with making false statements to law enforcement.