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Driver charged after violating Georgia's new cell phone law A 52-year-old white Atlanta woman was arrested and charged with several traffic violations including violation of the state's new hands-free law after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on July 17. At about 5:04 p.m Lt. Lawson Bittick saw a red 2006 Mercedes Mini Cooper traveling on 1-75 South near mile marker 193 in which the female driver was talk- ing on her cell phone. The driver told Bittick that she was using her phone because a friend's husband was having an emergency. Bittick told the driver that the state's new cell phone law allows for emer- gencies of immediate need but not for third party emergencies. Bittick then determined that the driver's license was suspended. He then inventoried the vehicle and found two mostly empty 50 mL bottles of Smirnoffvodka in the driver's side floorboard. He also found four more Smirnoff bottles that were unopened. Dep. Christian Sawley then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail. While at the jail, staffers found in the driver's possession a clear plastic baggie containing several unknown pills in a red and white casing. The driver was also charged with driving while license suspended and an open container violation. Tennessee trio stop on 1-75 South on July 19. At about 1:09 a.m Dep. William " Miller saw a silver 2018 Hyundai Sonata traveling 89 mph in a 70 mph zone on 1-75 South near mile marker 186. Miller stopped the vehicle at the Exit 186 off ramp and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the ve- hicle. The 16-year-old male driver denied there was any marijuana inside the vehicle. When Miller told the driver he had probable cause to search the vehicle, a female back seat passenger, the 18-year-old, then admitted to having a clear plastic bag of mari- juana in her possession. A female front seat passenger then told Miller there was a marijuana ci- gar in the front driver's side door. Miller then searched the vehicle and found a red cigar pack with brown paper inside along with burnt marijuana. Miller then saw a male back seat passenger drop a plastic object on the ground at which point Dep. Christian Sawley found a dear plastic bag of marijuana inside the male back seat passenger's pants. The driver was then cited for speeding and violation of the restrictions of his learner's permit, but he was allowed to go home with his parents. Meanwhile, all three pas- sengers were arrested and taken to the Monroe County Jail. Trophy Ford employee reports fraudulent 53,000 check at bank charged At about 11:07 a.m. on July 18, a A 56-year-old black Forsyth man was arrested and charged with DUI (habitual violator) after a one-vehicle accident on Hwy. 42 North on July 14. At about 8:26 p.m Dep. William Miller was notified by dispatchers of a possible vehicle wreck on Hwy. 42 North in which a male 9-1-1 caller reported the vehicle's male driver was wearing red shorts, a white t-shirt and white ball cap while hiding in the bushes. As Miller was en route, dispatchers then told him that the driver had been picked up by a pickup truck being driven by a white male. When Miller arrived, he saw a black 2003 Chevrolet Silverado parked in the woods along the east side of the road, facing the road. Miller determined the truck was headed southbound on Hwy. 42 when it lost control and trav- eled into the woods. Miller saw the truck's front passenger side tire was flat. Dispatchers then informed Miller the truck came back to a Stockbridge man but that another man was driving the truck and was supposed to be buying the truck from its current owner. Miller then found inside the truck's back seat an unopened can of Bud Light and found in the truck bed an opened 12-pack of Bud Light cans and an opened 12-pack of Corona bottles. While Miller waited for a wrecker ser- vice, a red Nissan Titan pulled up at the scene, and a man matching the description of the Silverado driver got out. The driver told Miller that his wife had suf- fered a tire blowout and he was coming to look at the truck. The driver, who then gave the same name as dispatchers had given, was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. The driver again told Miller his wife was driving the truck, so Cpl. male Trophy Ford employee told Kimberly Barnett and Officer Dep, Nicholas Ortiz that at about Terrance Thomas; both of the A 19-year-old white woman, an 18-year-old white woman and a 17-year-old white man, all of Cleveland, Tenn were each arrested and charged with pos- session of marijuana after a traffic 5 p.m. on July 13 someone tried to cash a fraudulent $3,000 check from the dealership. The employ- ee told Ortiz that Trophy Ford had not issued the check. Ortiz then contacted United Bank rep- Forsyth Police Department, went to the driver's home and met with his wife. The driver's wife, who barely able to walk due to health issues, told officers that she hadn't left her house all day and said her husband had been drink- ing before he left their home. The driver's sister then told deputies that her brother had called her to pick him up at the Hwy. 42 North Shell station because his truck tire was flat. Both the male 9-1-1 caller and a female witness each identified the driver as the man they saw hiding in the bushes. The female witness said the driver even tried to open the rear pas- senger door of her vehicle several times. A second male witness told deputies that he gave the driver a ride to the Hwy. 42 North Shell station. Miller then arrested the driver and took him to the Monroe County Jail, where he tested positive for more than two times the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with driving while license suspended, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license suspended. North Carolina driver charged with DUI after 1-75 South tmffk stop A 31-year-old white Ruther- fordton, N.C. man was arrested and charged with DUI after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on July 15. At about 8:58 p.m Dep. Wil- liam Miller saw a white 2006 Kia Optima with a North Carolina tag traveling 60 mph in a 70 mph zone and failing to maintain its lane on 1-75 South near mile marker 188. The male driver, who appeared to be trying to avoid eye contact with Miller, said he was headed to Texas. When Miller then asked the driver why he was traveling so slowly, the driver said he was just trying to drive the speed limit. The driver, who did not have his license on him, had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. The driver, who was unsteady while walking, admitted to consum- ing two drinks earlier that night. Dispatchers then determined the driver's license was suspended. The driver then failed several field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Miller then inventoried the ve- hicle and found an empty bottle of alcohol, two empty, 16-ounce Mike's Hard Lemonade cans, two full 16-ounce Mike's Hard Lem- onade cans and what appeared to be alcohol inside of a stainless steel coffee cup on the passenger's side floorboard. Miller then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with driving while license sus- pended, impeding traffic, an open container violation and failure to maintain lane. Driver arrested after striking guardrail on 1-475 on July 16 A 26-year-old white Winterville man was arrested and charged with DUI after a one-vehicle wreck on 1-475 on July 16. At about 1:33 a.m Dep. William Miller was notified by dispatch- ers of a hit-and-run accident on 1-475 South near mile marker 14. Miller then located a gray 2014 Chevrolet Cruze headed northbound on 1-475. The male driver told Miller that another vehicle had hit him and had left the area. Miller then saw a large gash down the entire side of the Cruze and found silver metal shavings on the driver's side rear quarter panel that appeared to be consistent with hitting a guard- rail. The driver, who smelled strongly of alcohol, denied he hit a guardrail but admitted to drink- ing two beers earlier that night. The driver, who did not have his license on him, said he was corn- hag frdm Americus and headed home to Athens. The driver, whose eyes were bloodshot and watery and who was unsteady on his feet, then failed several field sobriety tests and tested positive for alcohol on a field breath test. Miller then walked southbound on 1-475 for about a quarter mile, where he located additional pieces of the Cruze. He then took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where the driver tested posi- tive for more than the legal limit of alcohol on a state breath test. The driver was also charged with failure to maintain lane. Persons Bank notifies customer of fraudulent charges on account At about 10:09 a.m. on July 16, a Forsyth man told Cp1. Jacob Robins that he was notified by Persons Bank of five fraudulent transactions on his account within six minutes of one another between 10:28 p.m. on and 10:34 p.m. on July fraudulent transactions amount- ed in total to $798.57. See INCIDENTS Page 4B The following arrests were reported by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office July 13-19. An arrest means someone has been charged with a crime, but the law considers them innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thomas R. Hite, 57, Bowling Green, Ky driving while license sus- pended Thomas Lance Kitchens, 34, Macon, speeding, driving on wrong side of road, obstruc- tion, posses- sion of fire- arm by con- victed felon, possession of weapon during com- mission of a crime, driving while license suspended, fleeing police may Joe Pitts, 45, Macon, Probate Court bench war- rant, driving while license suspended Scott Shddon Rusmisd, 35, Juliette, lear- hag scene of an accident, driving while license sus- pended Tony K. Ayoola, 42, Morrow, obstruction, disorderly conduct Kenneth Benson, 21, Cadiz, Ky driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance, alteration of tag, fol- lowing too closely, no registration Jordan Maxwell, 31, Rutherford- ton, N.C DUI, imped- ing flow of traffic, driving while license suspended, open con- tainer, fail to maintain lane laq- uarrius Quanez Lyons, 24, Forsyth, aggravated assault, pos- session of firearm by a felon Trista Sorel ':! ~ i: Patterson, 45, Forsyth, aggra- vated assault Matthew Douglas Linger, 26, Athens, DUI, failure to maintain lane Victor Avila, 25, Macon, driv- ing without a license, obscuring tag Karen T. Canavan, 52, Atlanta, open con- tainer, driving while license suspended/ revoked, driver to exercise due care Chris- topher Alan Carmichael, 28, Forsyth, failure to appear Ingram Sherrod Goodson, 31, Forsyth, driving while license sus- pended, viola- tion of tire requirements William Dwight Hancock, 44, Forsyth, driving while license suspended, Probate Court bench warrant Derek Pollard, 56, West Palm Beach, Fla driving while license sus- pended, speed- ing Alfondza Lane, 27, Marshallville, slow poke law (left lane driv- hag prohib- ited), driving while license suspended Connor J. Stack, 21, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla driving while license sus- pended . Brodrick Williams, 29, Jonesboro, tag lights required, driving while license sus- pended rage Alexander Cogdill, 17, Cleveland, Tenn posses- sion of mari- juana Steven Chad Davis, 42, Juliette, disorderly con- duct Brianna Nicole Lineberry, 19, Cleveland, Tenn posses- sion of mari- juana Seol Perez, 33, Forsyth, drugs, Magistrate Court bench warrant Kimara Shynett, 24, Atlanta, speed- hag, possession of marijuana, driving while license sus- pended Cameron Diane Toll, 18, Cleveland, Tenn posses- sion of mari- juana