Crime Wrap Ju­ve­nile ar­rested af­ter po­lice chase

16-year-old ap­pre­hended in At­lanta fol­low­ing crime in New­ton County

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts - By Tyler Smith

A 16-year-old was ar­rested on Jan. 9 by the At­lanta Po­lice De­part­ment on charges stem­ming in part from a chase with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

NCSO Deputy Justin Hipps was dis­patched to Jamestown Satur­day in ref­er­ence to a ju­ve­nile driv­ing a stolen car and car­ry­ing a small hand­gun. As he ap­proached the in­ter­sec­tion of Dixie Road and Big Woods Road, the deputy re­port­edly spot­ted the sus­pect driv­ing a beige Chevy Clas­sic.

Af­ter fol­low­ing the sus­pect down the street, the deputy was able to con­firm the car was stolen and so at­tempted to pull the sus­pect over. In­stead of pulling over, the sus­pect re­port­edly sped up in an at­tempt to flee the deputy.

Dur­ing the course of the chase, the sus­pect re­port­edly hit a mail­box and ran three stop signs be­fore wreck­ing into a ditch on the op­po­site side of the road­way of Lee Street and Third Av­enue.

Af­ter the wreck the sus­pect re­port­edly ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and ran to­wards the woods. The deputy lost sight of the sus­pect af­ter chas­ing him through a field and two sets of woods. A few of the sus­pect’s be­long­ings were lo­cated in the car, but no gun was re­cov­ered.

NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son said the sus­pect was ar­rested in At­lanta Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

He was charged with theft by tak­ing, flee­ing or at­tempt­ing to elude a po­lice of­fi­cer, ob­struc­tion of an of­fi­cer, strik­ing a fix­ture, reck­less driv­ing, im­proper sig­nal, speed­ing, fail­ure to main­tain lane, re­mov­ing li­cense plate, fail­ure to stop at a stop sign and driv­ing while un­li­censed.

Drugs, bong, liquor found in man’s car

John Manza was ar­rested on drug and al­co­hol charges Mon­day af­ter run­ning a stop sign at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wo­mack Road and Kirk­land Road.

As New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy Justin Hipps ap­proached Manza’s car, he re­port­edly spot­ted a half empty bot­tle of Gold­schlager in the front pas­sen­ger floor­board. When Manza’s driver’s li­cense came back as sus­pended, Hipps put the sus­pect into hand­cuffs and es­corted him to the back of the pa­trol car.

A search of the ve­hi­cle re­port­edly re­vealed a leafy sub­stance sus­pected to be mar­i­juana in the cup holder in the front con­sole. A homemade bong was also re­port­edly lo­cated un­der the rear pas­sen­ger seat. Manza de­nied knowl­edge of the drugs or the in­stru­ment.

Manza was ar­rested for fail­ure to stop at a stop sign, driv­ing while the il­le­gal li­cense sus­pended, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana less than one ounce and open con­tainer of al­co­hol in a mov­ing ve­hi­cle.

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