Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
DRIVING W/LIC SUSP OR REV- 1ST OFFENSE
NO PROOF OF INSURANCE
WINDOW TINT VIOLATION
WINDOW TINT VIOLATION
DUI 1ST OFFENSE
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On Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 at approximately 1646 hours I was patrolling the area of GA Hwy 38 near General Stewart Way when I observed a white Mercedes sedan with a dim passenger side headlight pass my location. As the vehicle passed I also observed a tail light on the passenger side that appeared to be out. As the vehicle stepped on the breaks the passenger tail light also failed to activate.
I attempted to get behind the vehicle to initiate a stop but the vehicle evaded my attempt and pulled into the liquor store on the corner of GA Hwy 38 and General Stewart Way. I waited for the vehicle to exit the liquor store onto General Stewart Way, heading North West, and maneuvered behind it.
I initiated a traffic stop, activated my emergency equipment, activated my body worn camera and the vehicle did not stop until North Main Street. The white sedan passed several opportunities in driveways, turn lanes, and the gore in the center. This behavior was suspicious to me. The final stop was in the right turn lane at the intersection.
On my approach to the vehicle I observed a scratched off and unreadable registration sticker on the license plate. I made contact with the driver who stated he did not have his license on him. I informed him the reason for the stop and he asked to look at the tail light that was out. I showed him the light and asked his name and date of birth to identify him. He provided Cornelius Johnson with a date of birth as [REDACTED]. I asked him to stand in front of my patrol car and wait for me to conduct the check of his name. He paced back and forth in front of my car and kept putting his hands in and out of his pockets after I’d asked him to remove them.
My mobile data terminal was not working properly so I conducted a check through Central. While waiting, SGT Abbgy arrived on scene and conducted a free air sniff around the white sedan with his narcotics detection K9. He stated the dog provided a positive alert to the odor of narcotics. I asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle and stand in front of my patrol car. I search the immediate area around her for weapons. I returned to Johnson and conducted a check of his person. No contraband was found on his person. I instructed the female to turn her pockets inside out and searched her for weapons. No weapons were found.
While searching the vehicle, I found a black backpack with a pick backpack inside. Inside of the backpack I found a large ziplock bag with two small folded pieces of tinfoil that contained a white crystal like substance inside. Also inside the backpack was a cut straw with a white crystal like residue inside. I also found a black digital scale in the driver’s door pocket. It had small pieces of a white crystal-like substance on the top surface.
SGT Abbgy requested a female deputy to conduct a search. Deputy Wright arrived on scene. While searching the female she located a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine, several small baggies of a white crystal like substance.
I detained Johnson and Holloway, pending an investigation. I requested on call narcotics to place me a phone call and Detective Sanders called. I informed him of what I had and he stated he was en route to my location.
While I was waiting for the Narcotics Detective to arrive, my MDT began working. I conducted a check of Johnson’s name and date of birth and it returned he was wanted with a suspended license. It also returned that the white sedan had no valid insurance. I conducted a check of Holloway’s name and date of birth and it returned that she had a warrant for her arrest as well. I asked central to send the hit and they returned both warrants were valid but they did not want to place a hold.
Deputy Wright and Deputy Davis transported both suspects to the Liberty County Jail. They informed me their back seats were searched and cleared of contraband before and after the transport with nothing found. Both suspects and their property were turned over to the booking staff.
I requested the next list wrecker service for the vehicle because it had no valid insurance. Kevin’s towing arrived on scene and took possession. I issued a citation for no proof of insurance, driving while license suspended, window tint violation, possession of drug related objects and defective equipment to Johnson. I issued a citation for possession of drug related objects to Holloway. Both suspects had holds placed on them by the Narcotics Detectives.
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