Crime Wrap Juvenile arrested after police chase
16-year-old apprehended in Atlanta following crime in Newton County
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.