NCSO: Man attempts to swallow pot

Wrong-way driver charged with hit and run

COVINGTON — Some things are just too tough to swallow.

For one Covington man, however, it wasn’t a pill, but some marijuana.

A Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy was parked at Jack Neely Road near Harold Dobbs Road around 10:30 p.m. on June 23 when he saw a vehicle roll through the intersection without completely stopping at the stop sign, cutting off another car that was attempting to turn onto Jack Neely Road.

The deputy pulled over the car driven by 26-year-old James Tamarius George of 10 Parc Court.

“After approaching the vehicle, I did smell an odor of marijuana and I noticed a cigarillo pack on the seat,” the deputy stated in the incident report. “After speaking with the male outside of the vehicle, it was determined that he attempted to try and swallow some marijuana.”

Before George could completely swallow the drugs, the deputy had him spit it out and he was given some water to drink and wash out his mouth.

George was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign.

In other news, a man who walked up to the scene of a hit-and-run accident was arrested after deputies determined he was the one who caused the wreck.

A number of people had called 911 around 1:30 a.m. on June 15 to report that someone was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20.

When deputies arrived, they found an unoccupied blue Ford Taurus that had crashed into a fire hydrant at 2373 Access Road. It appeared that the car had left the interstate and run through the fence and onto the Access Road, said Sgt. Michael Cunningham.

“Deputies found a male’s identification card and that male then walked up and admitted to driving the car,” Cunningham said.

The man, identified as Brandon Durell Williams, 27, of 100 Shiver Blvd., showed visible signs of being intoxicated and was then arrested and charged with DUI, failure to notify upon striking a fixed object, driving on the wrong side of the road and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.