2017-08-09 / Community

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Bainbridge - A Donalsonville woman was arrested Tuesday for slashing tires in the Days Inn parking lot in Bainbridge and attempting to drive while heavily intoxicated.

Cameras at the Days Inn caught Amanda Lynn Smith, 30, allegedly walking around the parking lot wearing nothing but a house coat and a bikini around 2 a.m. Monday. The woman in the video was unsteady on her feet and shown roaming around the complex before bending down next to a 2015 Toyota Tacoma and thrusting her hand toward the driver’s side tire.

She moved around to six other vehicles in the parking lot performing the same actions to one or two of the tires before stopping.

Bainbridge Public Safety officer Christopher Prindle was called to Days Inn Tuesday morning after a complainant found his tires were slashed. Prindle reviewed the tires and noticed some blood stains on one of them.

Prindle met with Smith in the same room that the woman who was captured on camera was seen walking into earlier that morning. When asked if she knew anything about the punctured tires, Smith said she didn’t, and she was “so drunk during the time, she didn’t remember much,” the report says.

Prindle asked if he could search Smith’s purse and found a folding pocket knife with black rubber marks on it and a red substance similar to blood on the blade. Prindle looked at Smith’s hands and found a cut on one of the fingers. Smith couldn’t remember how she got it.

When asked, Smith couldn’t remember moving the silver minivan in the parking lot either. She said she had drunk some “Fireball” whiskey around 1:30 a.m. when she arrived at the Days Inn. Around a third of the quart-sized bottle was gone.

Smith was arrested and charged with six counts of criminal trespass, driving under the influence and theft of services.

Camilla - A Camilla resident with underlying medical conditions has a confirmed case of West Nile Virus, Southwest Health District reports. It is the second case of the mosquito borne infection so far this season.

Recent rains have boosted mosquito activity, noted District Health Director Dr. Charles Ruis who added that more mosquito activity increases the likelihood of mosquito bites.

Cairo - A crime spree through north Florida and south Georgia came to an end in Cairo last week when a pair of Florida women in a rented luxury car tried to outrun police and instead wound up crashing and overturning on US Highway 84.

The women had just attempted to cash a forged check at Bank of the Ozark’s drive thru window in Cairo, but when the suspicious teller took too long on the transaction, the suspects became nervous and drove off without getting the $1900. In fact, the teller was trying to stall the women so police had time to arrive because the teller knew they were using a driver’s license and bank card that had been reported stolen the previous day.

When law enforcement spotted the vehicle, the driver of the Infinity refused to stop and got up to speeds up to 100 mph.

The officer notified that he had lost sight of the car and was ending the chase.

Some time later, 911 dispatchers advised officers that the Infinity had crashed.

Stephanie Monique Fernandez, 34, of Riveria Beach, FL, was driving the Infinity, according to Childs. She is being held in Thomas County on two felony counts of entering auto and one felony count of financial identity theft.

The passenger in the car, Bonnie McClelland, 50, of Panama City Beach, FL, remained in the hospital Tuesday night according to reports. She also faces charges of two felony counts of entering auto and one felony count of financial identity theft. They both also face charges in Grady County.

Reports state that the two women were staying in Tallahassee, FL, and breaking into cars in surrounding areas from Marianna and Quincy to Suwannee County, all in Florida.

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