The Cop Shop: A weekly crime blotter

jkovac@macon.comMay 4, 2014 

On a rainy morning early last month, a blue Dodge Durango cruised alongside a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car on Riverside Drive. The 2004 Dodge had an expired tag. When its driver wheeled into a neighborhood near Interstate 75 and veered onto Audubon Drive without signaling, the deputy flipped on his blue lights and siren. But the car kept going, tooling along about 40 mph. Then the deputy noticed the driver holding a black plastic bag out his window, “dumping a large amount of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana,” said the deputy’s write-up of the April 6 incident. The Durango swung onto Southshore Court, just east of the interstate, where the driver was again seen dumping another “large bag” of weed. The Dodge kept going, winding through the neighborhood on Riverview Road before its driver jumped out and ran toward Amerson River Park. The deputy ordered the man to stop, but he didn’t. The deputy fired his Taser, but its probes got caught in the man’s jacket, which he wriggled out of and kept running. But other deputies tracked him down. The man, 43, was charged with eluding police. He was also slapped with a marijuana-possession-with-intent-to-distribute charge after deputies swept up and collected about 4 pounds of rain-soaked pot. When the man heard how much weed deputies said they’d found, he said he “only had a pound and a half of marijuana.”

There was a 1 a.m. report of a “large fight” in a parking lot outside the Dawg House Bar & Grill on April 6. When deputies arrived at the Shurling Drive establishment, they saw a drunk man yelling and trying to go inside. One deputy tried to calm the fellow and put him in the back seat of a squad car, but another guy got in the way. “You ain’t going to talk to him,” the other guy said, “that’s my son.” An incident report noted that the father, 55, “refused to move and became louder (and) more aggressive, balling up his fist as he took a step toward” the deputy. The deputy pushed him against the car and handcuffed him. Then the father’s other son, 33, stepped up and hollered, “You better not touch my daddy.” He, too, made a fist and headed toward the deputy. Another deputy handcuffed him and, along with his father, he was jailed on disorderly conduct and obstruction charges.

A Bibb deputy could smell alcohol coming from the crashed minivan. The 2000 Chevy had smacked a guardrail on Interstate 75, just north of the I-16 split at 1:30 in the morning on April 5. The driver, a 22-year-old woman from Musella, was more or less passed out, flopped over in the passenger’s seat. After medics loaded her on a gurney, “she was smiling and sticking her tongue out and kept (reaching) into the air like she was trying to grab things,” the deputy’s incident report said. “I asked her what happened. She smiled and said, ‘I don’t know.’ I asked her (if) she knew what happened. She said, ‘No.’ ” She also said she didn’t remember plowing into the guardrail. Asked how much she’d had to drink, she said, “Not a lot.” The deputy then asked if she’d taken “any kind of drugs tonight other than alcohol,” but she wouldn’t answer. She was charged with DUI.

A 69-year-old man told workers at C.J.’s Market on Jeffersonville Road that he was sorry when they allegedly caught him stuffing a pack of cooked chitterlings in his pocket April 11. ... A Bloomfield woman who lives south of Rocky Creek Road told The Cop Shop that someone broke into her house April 12 and stole her big blue piggy bank. There was more than $175 in the bank, according to a police report. The woman, 59, who in the past has traveled to California, Utah and Washington, D.C., was saving up for a trip.

Compiled by writer Joe Kovac Jr. Note to midstate law enforcement agencies: Email incident reports of humorous, unusual or bizarre crimes and situations that your officers encounter to jkovac@macon.com.

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