Crime Brief Drunken woman attempts to hide in kudzu from Porterdale police
A Porterdale police officer was patrolling the area of Crowell Road in the wee hours of Sept. 28 when he noticed two women and a young boy standing on the side of the road in the dark. But when he turned around to check on the group they were no where to be found.
According to reports the officer drove back and forth on Crowell in search of the trio but could not seem to locate them. At that point he became suspicious the group was attempting to hide from him so he pulled onto a street, cut his lights and sat watching for the three to reappear.
While sitting the officer glanced in the area of a gas station and reportedly noticed people hiding in the kudzu. He drove to the area and began to look for the three once more. The officer allegedly took off on foot through the kudzu and when he was unable locate anyone got back into his cruiser and continued to search for the three missing people.
He instead found a Newton County deputy and informed the deputy of the people he was searching for, according to reports. The deputy allegedly told the officer he had seen a child and two females walking on Crowell Road but when the officer got there they had disappeared once more.
While searching the area of Magan Court and Michal Ryan Drive the officer noticed a young boy emerge from the kudzu. He asked the boy to come and speak with him and the child, a 10-year-old, complied. While speaking with the youth the officer reportedly noticed a woman with him that was struggling to get out of the kudzu, once out the officer ordered her to sit down on the ground and the woman, who appeared to be intoxicated according to reports, complied.
When asked if she had been drinking the woman, identified as 33-year-old Robin Palmer Maresca, reportedly toll the officer she had been drinking. When asked why she was hiding in the kudzu she allegedly told the officer she hadn’t been hiding from him but had fallen into the kudzu. The officer asked her where the other woman was that he had seen her with earlier and she reportedly told him there was only her and her 10year-old son.
The NCSO deputy allegedly told the officer he had observed another woman as well but Maresca reportedly stuck with her story that it was just her and her son in the kudzu. The officer went to investigate and allegedly noticed clothing inside the kudzu and found another woman reportedly lying down in a patch of it. She was ordered to come out and speak with the officer but was unable to do so without a struggle because, according to reports, she was tangled up in the vines.
Once the woman, identified as 19year-old Hannah Elizabeth Tolbert, made her way out of the patch of kudzu, the officer reportedly was able to notice not only that she was unsteady on her feet, but that she also reeked of alcohol. The officer attempted to have Maresca breathe into an Alco Sensor to check her blood/alcohol level but she reportedly refused to do so.
Tolbert did agree to the test and, according to reports, registered a .160 level. Both women were arrested and transferred to the Newton County Detention Center. Maresca was charged with public drunkeness and Tolbert was charged with public drunkness and underage consumption. The 10-year-old boy was released to a family member.