Ar­rrrr you driv­ing drunk, sir?

The Covington News - - CRIME/CLASSIFIED SEARCH - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

A Cov­ing­ton man was ar­rested early Sun­day morn­ing af­ter re­port­edly drink­ing and driv­ing on Ga. High­way 36.

A deputy with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice first no­ticed 34-yearold Jer­amy Keith Knight cross­ing the fog line over a bridge at the Yel­low River, nearly strik­ing the con­crete bar­rier sev­eral times. When they stopped him, re­ports in­di­cate Knight was “mov­ing very slug­gish and could not hold his head still,” and that “his eyes were glassy and blood­shot and I could smell the odor of an al­co­holic bev­er­age coming from his per­son.”

Be­fore deputies could be­gin so­bri­ety tests with Knight, he re­port­edly told them he “had a peg leg and could not do a walking test.” The deputy could not do sev­eral tests be­cause Knight “did not wish to con­tinue since he had a peg leg.” He did re­port­edly agree to take a breath test and blew a .303, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Knight was charged with DUI and fail­ure to main­tain lane.

Blue­ber­ries and Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions

An al­legedly chronic shoplifter was charged once again Mon­day af­ter­noon af­ter re­port­edly steal­ing more than $76 worth of mer­chan­dise from Kroger.

Tresa Deshawn John­son, 38, was charged with felony theft by shoplift­ing due to five prior con­vic­tions for shoplift­ing, and giv­ing a false name to an of­fi­cer.

Of­fi­cers from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment were called to the store where they spoke with an em­ployee who said she saw John­son se­lect sev­eral items and con­ceal them in an empty Kroger bag. She then re­port­edly went through self check­out and pur­chased some things, then put all of the bags in her cart and leave the line.

How­ever John­son ap­peared to have no­ticed she was be­ing watched, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, and went back into the store, plac­ing sev­eral items back onto the shelves. When she left the store with items still un­paid for, she was stopped. She ini­tially gave of­fi­cers a dif­fer­ent last name, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, but fi­nally ad­mit­ted to her real name.

John­son had al­legedly at­tempted to steal five pack­ages of blue­ber­ries, one pack of plates, a book, a package of plas­tic wrap, a pound of as­para­gus and two packs of gar­land.

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