Crime Briefs Drive-through sleeper charged with DUI

The Covington News - - Local news - By Tisa Smart Wash­ing­ton

Deputies with the New­ton County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice ar­rested and charged a Cov­ing­ton man Dec. 20 for DUI af­ter he was found asleep at the wheel in the driv­ethrough at the McDon­ald’s on Salem Road.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port, deputies re­sponded to a call that a driver in the drive-through ap­peared to be asleep. When deputies ar­rived, they found the 1999 Chevy Sub­ur­ban in line and Shedrick Thomas be­hind the wheel. They ap­proached the driver to ask if he was OK and smelled al­co­hol when he an­swered that he was fine. Dur­ing a search of the ve­hi­cle, deputies found a clear plas­tic cup with yel­low liq­uid, which smelled like al­co­hol, in the cup holder.

Deputies asked Thomas to step out of the truck and per­formed so­bri­ety tests, which he failed.

Thomas was placed un­der ar­rest and asked to sub­mit a breath sam­ple, which he re­fused. He was trans­port- ed to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, where he was again asked to sub­mit a breath sam­ple. He re­fused again.

Thomas was is­sued a ci­ta­tion for DUI and for hav­ing an open con­tainer of al­co­hol in his ve­hi­cle.

Dis­or­derly man un­fazed by Tasers

A man ar­rested for dis­or­derly con­duct Christ­mas day proved too much even for of­fi­cers’ Tasers.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port, when of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene, Michael Kratzer was at­tack­ing a man who was sit­ting in a truck in the Five O’ Clock Some­where park­ing lot. Kratzer was punch­ing the car’s front passenger win­dow and scream­ing pro­fan­i­ties at the truck’s owner.

When of­fi­cers told Kratzer to stop and move away from the truck, he be­gan walk­ing to­wards of­fi­cers in an ag­gres­sive man­ner. Of­fi­cers warned Kratzer that if he did not stop, they would be forced to use their Tasers. Kratzer did not com­ply and one of­fi­cer used the Taser on him. Kratzer did not seem to be af­fected by the Taser and be­gan snatch­ing out the wires.

Of­fi­cers were able to sub­due Kratzer with phys­i­cal force and he was trans­ported to the New­ton County Law En­force­ment Cen­ter, where he was is­sued a ci­ta­tion for dis­or­derly con­duct.

Thieves nab truck, hot tub in Cov­ing­ton

Of­fi­cers with the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a ve­hi­cle theft Dec. 24 on Golf­side Drive in Cov­ing­ton. The truck re­port­edly had a hot tub and tools in the bed when stolen.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port, the owner parked the truck in his drive­way around mid­night Dec. 24. When he went out­side in the morn­ing, the Ford F-350 with the hot tub in back was miss­ing. The hot tub is val­ued at $ 5,000.

Of­fi­cers searched the area, but there was no bro­ken glass or drag marks in the drive­way, al­though the owner said he still had both sets of keys.

Of­fi­cers are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice at ( 770) 786-7605. Anony­mous tips can be left on­line at www. cov­ing­ton­po­lice. com/ se­cretwit­ness. html

CPD ar­rests woman for CVS shoplift­ing

Of­fi­cers with the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment ar­rested a woman Dec. 24 for shoplift­ing $ 55.93 worth of mer­chan­dise from the CVS Phar­macy on High­way 278.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port, the wit­ness saw Kel­ley Wil­liams putting sev­eral pieces of makeup into her purse. When of­fi­cers searched Wil­liams, they found all of the re­ported items in her purse.

Wil­liams was trans­ported to the New­ton County Jail. and is­sued a ci­ta­tion for shoplift­ing.

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