Deputies called after woman seen sniffing gas

COVINGTON — Deputies were called to a local gas station this past weekend when an employee saw a woman attempting to sniff gas from the nozzle.

When they arrived at the Liberty gas station on Crowell Road around 7:30 Sunday morning, they found a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a car parked in front of a gas pump and EMS personnel assisting an intoxicated woman in the restroom of an adjoining restaurant.

“We made several attempts to wake him up by banging on his window. When he did wake up, he seemed very confused,” reported Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Clay Stevens. “He opened the door and I immediately smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage being emitted from inside the vehicle.”

The deputy said that while speaking with the driver, 27-year-old Bernard Muhire of 519 Country Club Drive in Stockbridge, he appeared very intoxicated, had slurred speech, red eyes and a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.”

Stevens also saw two opened liquor bottles inside the silver Honda Civic behind the seat.

Just about that time, the female, Germaine Uwamahoro, 22, of 7202 Peridot Parkway in Stockbridge, came out of the McDonald’s with EMS personnel.

The deputy stated that she too “appeared very intoxicated and admitted to drinking at a party earlier in the morning.”

Uwamahoro was arrested and charged with public drunkenness and Muhire was charged with DUI and open container.

In other news, a 15-year-old boy was arrested when he was found with narcotics in his pocket.

Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, deputies were called about a suspicious person seen in the area of Fairview Road and Winchester Drive, near Fairview Elementary School. When they arrived, they found the suspect and asked to speak to him.

Sgt. Michael Cunningham said the boy gave the deputies permission to search him and they found inside his pocket some promethazine pills. Promethazine is a pain medication.

As they attempted to arrest him, the juvenile resisted and tried to fight the deputies, Cunningham said.

“They were able to gain control and put him in the back seat of the patrol car. In the car, he started kicking inside the vehicle,” he said.

The juvenile was transported to Newton Medical Center where he was cleared and released to the Newton County Juvenile Court. He has been charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers, possession of promethazine, possession of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school and drugs to be kept in their original container.