2017-07-12 / Public Safety


Theft By Taking

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Colquitt Police Department Lieutenant Lonnie Wade was radioed by Assistant Chief Dan Stone to be en route to the RV park to speak with a subject in reference to a possible theft. Upon Lt. Wade’s arrival, he spoke to Mrs. Ginger Charlene Inlow who states that on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, around 5:00 p.m., she left her mobile home and when she returned home around 8:00 p.m. her three pill bottles were empty and still sitting on the counter. Mrs. Inlow stated that she had one bottle of Zolpidem Tartrate with nine pills in it, one bottle of Butalbaceramin caff with 10 pills in it, and one bottle of Alprazolam with twelve pills in it. The statements were taken, and the case is still ongoing.

Disorderly Conduct

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, Colquitt Police Department Officer Carl Epperson was dispatched to 574 E. Pine St. in reference to a welfare check.

Speeding/Driving while License Expired

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, while operating stationary radar on E. Crawford St., Colquitt Police Department Officer Carl Epperson visually tracked a northbound vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Officer Epperson activated his radar unit and received a visual indication of 91 MPH. Officer Epperson activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop. Contact was made with the driver, and a Florida license was obtained, which was expired. Furthermore, the registration on the vehicle was also expired. Officer Epperson gave the driver of the vehicle, Brandon A. Boyd, an opportunity to request a radar accuracy check, to which he declined stating he wasn’t paying attention and just didn’t realize how fast he was driving. Due to Boyd’s license not being valid and stating he was returning to Missouri, Officer Epperson placed Boyd under arrest and transported him to the Miller Co. Jail where he was allowed to bond. Boyd contacted Clarke’s Bonding and bonded on the charges of speeding, driving while license suspended, and expired registration. Citations were issued to Boyd for the listed offenses. Watson’s Towing took custody of Boyd’s vehicle, which had to be removed from the edge of the roadway.

Driving while License Suspended/

Safety Belt Violation

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Colquitt Police Department Lieutenant Lonnie Wade was on patrol on South Third St. and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of East Main St. with Officer Chad Barrett behind him in his patrol vehicle. Lt. Wade saw a blue Ford Crown Victoria driving west on Main St. pass in front of him with a black male in the driver seat of the vehicle. Lt. Wade radioed Officer Barrett to follow him as he conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle due to prior knowledge of the driver, Mr. Chedrick Roberts, having a suspended driver’s license. Lt. Wade then radioed the dispatcher of the traffic stop on E. Main St. as the vehicle made a right turn into the parking lot of the First Baptist Church. Lt. Wade and Officer Barrett exited their patrol vehicles and walked up to the vehicle. Lt. Wade asked Mr. Roberts for his driver’s license and registration to the vehicle, and he noticed that Mr. Roberts had two small juveniles in the back seat of the vehicle without proper child restraints on them. Mr. Roberts advised Lt. Wade that he did not have a valid driver’s license, and Lt. Wade asked Mr. Roberts for his full name and date of birth. Lt. Wade radioed dispatch to run the vehicle’s tag number and Mr. Roberts name and date of birth through the GA GCIC. Dispatch radioed Lt. Wade and advised him that the vehicle was valid, but Mr. Roberts’ license was suspended. Lt. Wade advised Mr. Roberts to exit the vehicle and advised him of the arrest. Lt. Wade asked Officer Barrett to run the black female passenger’s full name and date of birth through GA GCIC after she advised she did not have her license on her. Her license came back valid. Lt. Wade radioed dispatch that the vehicle was being turned over to the owner and that he was en route to the Miller Co. Jail where Mr. Roberts was booked in and released on the above charges.

DUI/Leaving Scene of an Accident

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, Colquitt Police Department Officer Carl Epperson responded to 701 MLK Jr. Dr. in reference to a hit and run. Upon arrival, contact was made with the owner of a white Honda Odyssey van parked in the parking lot on the north side of the building at the time of the crash. The owner, Anil Patel, stated that a customer came in and stated that “Lorenzo Baker just hit your car and drove off.” Ms. Patel stated that she knew Baker and that he was in the store prior to the crash. Officer Epperson observed major damage to the rear driver’s side of the van. While on scene, Officer Epperson was contacted by Deputy Wade who advised he was out with Mr. Baker’s vehicle on Hwy. 91 North, but the driver was not on scene. Epperson responded to Hwy. 91 North and made contact with Dep. Wade and Ariel Rojas. Ms. Rojas stated that Baker came to the house just prior to the crash and picked up the vehicle from her. Ms. Rojas stated she didn’t really want him to have it because she knew he had been drinking and that he was under the influence of some other substance. Ms. Rojas stated Mr. Baker was acting very strange, and she just wanted him to leave. Officer Epperson collected pertinent information and left the scene. A short time later Officer Epperson heard 911 dispatch deputies back to the residence on Hwy. 91 in reference to an unwanted guest, stating that Mr. Baker was back at the residence. Officer Epperson responded to the location and was able to make contact with Mr. Baker. Mr. Baker was stumbling onto the back porch and almost missed the chair as he was attempting to sit down. As Epperson approached, he heard Mr. Baker talking to another male subject, stating that he did not know how bad he messed up the car he hit. Epperon made contact and placed Baker under arrest. Baker agreed to a blood test and was transported to the Miller Co. Hospital where blood was drawn and urine collected. Baker stated to Officer Epperson that he hadn’t smoked in a little bit, referring to marijuana. He had a profound odor of alcohol on his person. It was determined through GCIC that Mr. Baker had outstanding warrants in Donalsonville, GA, for the offenses of obstruction of officers and leaving the scene of an accident. It was further determined that Baker’s license was suspended for numerous failures to appear along with other charges. This was not Baker’s first offense for DUI or for driving while suspended. Baker was cited for duty upon striking a parked car, leaving the scene, driving while license suspended, and DUI. He is currently in the Miller Co. Jail.

Driving While

License Suspended

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, Colquitt Police Department Captain Hollis Smith was patrolling on Grace Street when a 2002 Buick Le Sabre pulled right in front of him nearly causing an accident as the driver was pulling into a parking lot. Captain Smith pulled to the side of the road and got out and asked the driver, Phateema Watson, for her driver’s license and insurance. Watson could not produce a license. Captain Smith ran her by name and date of birth and she came back with only an I.D. card, no license. Captain Smith also noticed she had a small child in the front seat with no child restraint for him as required by law. Captain Smith arrested Watson for driving without a license.

Disorderly Conduct

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, Colquitt Police Department Officer Carl Epperson responded to 228 Grow St. Lot 18 in reference to property damage and a disturbance. Upon arrival, contact was made with the complainant, Nichole Burney, who pointed in the yard at a black male identified as Marcus Roberts. Officer Epperson noticed Burney was covered in grease, and Burney stated that Roberts slung a pot of cold grease on her as he was raging through the home. Burney went on to state that Roberts let the air out of her tires. Epperson obtained a statement from Burney and took Roberts into custody. Roberts stated he did not cut the tires but only let the air out of them. The two were continuing an argument from the day before concerning an affair Roberts was having with another female. Roberts was taken to the Miller County Jail and issued a citation for Disorderly Conduct. He bonded later that morning. Roberts is to return to court on August 18, 2017.

Driving while License Suspended/

Open Container

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Colquitt Police Department Officer Carl Epperson was on patrol on Geer Street. Officer Epperson observed a green vehicle with the trunk open approach a stop sign at Hwy. 45. As the vehicle stopped, Epperson noticed the left brake light was not functional. Epperson initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Stephen Blair, who stated he didn’t have a license on him. Epperson ran him through GCIC through his name and date of birth, and it was determined that his license was suspended on 04/17/2017, and he was served on 05/04/2017. Permission to leave the vehicle at Food Mart was obtained, and Blair was taken into custody by Epperson. Epperson observed a tall can in the cupholder by the driver’s seat. Blair stated it was the only beer he had drunk and that it was not empty. Epperson recovered the can and found it to be a 24 oz. Bud Ice, half consumed and still cold. Epperson transported Blair to the Miller County Jail and issued citations for driving while license suspended and open container in the vehicle. At the time of this report, Blair had not bonded and was still in the Miller County Jail.

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