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Makayla Stephens

Stephens, Makayla Lynn

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:

Driving without a Valid License – 1st Offense within 5 yrs

Hit and Run; Duty of Driver to Stop or Return to Scene of Accident

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the official initial incident report. The Georgia Gazette does not fix any spelling or grammatical errors that may exist. Any changes or redactions made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The topics discussed may be sensitive to some readers. Discretion is advised.]

On 12/19/2022, I, Deputy Burchfield, was dispatched to [300 BLOCK] Southern Circle to investigate a possible hit and run incident.

Upon arrival I made contact with [VICTIM #1] who stated that when she arrived home there was a vehicle blocking her drive way. As Ms. [VICTIM #1] waited for the vehicle to move she noticed it was a small car. The car began moving forward and struck Ms. [VICTIM #1]’s SUV on the drivers side. Ms. [VICTIM #1] stated that she pulled forward into her drive way and the other vehicle stalled out in the road.

Ms. [VICTIM #1]’s husband came outside from inside the house and ran towards the car. The car then crunk up and fled the scene. Ms. [VICTIM #1]’s husband and son attempted to follow the vehicle and gave me a residence description of where they think the vehicle went. Laying in the front yard of the residence there was a piece of dark blue front bumper and lighting assembly.

I informed Ms. [VICTIM #1] I would look around the neighborhood in attempts to locate the vehicle. I searched the area of E Plantation when I noticed a small dark blue Chevrolet passenger car. I pulled into the residence and began to inspect the front of the vehicle. The vehicle had damage to the front drivers side of the vehicle and was missing the piece of front bumper that I had located at the [VICTIM #1] residence.

I knocked on the door of the residence and made contact with [REDACTED]. Mr. [REDACTED] stated that he was not the one driving the vehicle. Mr. [REDACTED] called for his daughter, Makayla Stephens, and began to ask her about the vehicle. Ms. Stephens stated that she did not hit the other vehicle but that the other vehicle struck her. Ms. Stephens seemed to be in a very mellow, slow to respond type of state of mind.

She also had slurred speech, red glossy eyes and when speaking with her she seemed to stare almost as if she was unable to focus on anything close or was staring through me. I asked Ms. Stephens if she was under the influence of anything and she stated she was not. I asked Ms. Stephens if I could have her driver’s license and she stated that she has never had one.

I informed Ms. Stephens that it is illegal to drive upon the roadway of this state without a valid drivers license. I also explained that in doing so she would have to be taken to jail to be fingerprinted as well. I gave Ms. Stephens the opportunity to change her clothing due to the extreme cold outside.

While Ms. Stephens was getting warmer clothes I stepped outside and called Corporal Fleming and requested his assistance due to my suspicions that Ms. Stephens was under the influence. I then returned inside the home. At this time I had Ms. Stephens remain in the kitchen of the home until Corporal Fleming arrived.

While speaking with her I noticed the strong smell of alcohol emitting from her that I had not noticed before. I asked Ms. Stephens if she had been drinking and she stated that she had not. I once again asked if she was drinking because I could smell the alcohol coming from her breath. Ms. Stephens then admitted that she had been drinking.

When asked how much she stated that she only had one beer. I asked if she was sure it was only one and what type it was. She stated that it was one with 8% alcohol and that it was a bigger can. She also stated that it was called a Voodoo Ranger. At this time Corporal Fleming arrived on scene and field sobriety was conducted. His finding will be added in a supplemental report.

I then placed Ms. Stephens under arrest for hit and run, DUI, and driving while unlicensed. Corporal Fleming transported Ms. Stephens to the Murray County Detention Center while I returned to speak with Ms. [VICTIM #1]. I informed Ms. [VICTIM #1] that I found the person responsible for the accident and that I would be doing a crash report. I explained how she could get a copy of the report should she need it. I also gave her the case number to the incident.

[End of Narrative]