Police said the man pulled near the checkpoint in a white truck hauling a boat, stopped briefly, then pulled up. Officers asked why he stopped in the middle of the road, and the driver replied, “I ain’t going to lie to you. I was hiding my open beer.”
Officers asked the man to get out of the vehicle, and he complied until he began reaching for something inside his glove compartment. A struggle ensued, and an officer was injured as the two men fell to the ground.
Police finally restrained the man, searched his vehicle and found a sandwich bag of marijuana inside.
He was charged with possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license, having an open container, having no insurance and having canceled registration.
Thirsty man forgot to pay for milk
A Hogansville man was arrested after taking milk into the restroom in Piggly Wiggly at 1861 Roanoke Road and drinking it.
Police said employees saw the man walk into the restroom with the milk and later attempt to leave the store.
When police arrived, they asked the man about the empty milk bottle. He said he had been about to pay for it when he realized he had to go to the restroom. When he was finished, he told them he was thirsty and drank the milk, forgetting to pay for it.
He was charged with shoplifting.
Husband falls off wife’s car
A man was injured about 2:30 p.m. Thursday after jumping on his wife’s car and riding a short distance before falling off.
Police said the man had been upset about his wife not being faithful to him. As she drove down Chatham Street, he stopped her and asked to talk with her. She then tried to leave, and her husband jumped on her car, refusing to let go.
She stopped the vehicle and he fell off, injuring his knees and his left side. He was treated at West Georgia Medical Center.
Drunk man kicked off bus
A Riverdale man was arrested after being kicked off a Greyhound bus for smoking on it and then bothering businesses on Lafayette Parkway.
Police were called to the Circle K store at 1503 Lafayette Parkway on a report of an intoxicated man who looked like he was going to steal a pack of cigarettes. The man was holding a liquor bottle and cursed at the officer and Troup County deputy. He was stopped in the LaGrange Mall parking lot after leaving the gas station without the liquor.
The man had been kicked out of Waffle House, and employees at Applebee’s said he was “creeping them out.”
He was charged with having an open container after the bottle was found behind the gas station.
Theft suspect waves at neighbors
A man went into a house and took a cell phone, but couldn’t leave without waving at the neighbors.
Police said the man was told to stay away from the residence in the 1000 block of Park Avenue, but walked in while the front door was unlocked. He took the phone and left.
A neighbor told officers he didn’t see the man in the house, but he was in the front yard and the neighbor waved at him while he left.
Police classified the incident as a burglary.
— Marcus Smith, 25, of Troup Street was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, trafficking in ecstasy, obstruction and tampering with evidence.
— Roger Pitts, 37, of Thornton Street was charged with first-degree forgery.
— Someone sideswiped a vehicle in the Florence Hand Home parking lot at 200 Medical Drive before fleeing, causing more than $500 damage.
— A vandal smashed the windshield of a truck in the 100 block of Madison Avenue, causing about $300 damage.
— A vandal shattered the front glass door of a vacant building in the 1500 block of Vernon Street, causing about $200 damage.
— A JVC DVD/VCR combination player and a Lenora computer with keyboard, mouse and monitor, with a total value of $1,392, were taken from West Georgia Technical College at 1 College Circle.
— A Lenovo ThinkPad laptop valued at $1,300 was checked out from and never returned to West Georgia Technical College.
— Thieves took two gas-operated, wall-mounted heaters with a total value of $480 from a rental property in the 800 block of Houston Street.
— About $400 in tools were taken from a toolbox in Frank’s Beetle House in the 800 block of Hill Street.
— A black LG enV3 cell phone valued at $100 was taken from an unlocked residence in Wood Glen Apartments at 64 N. Cary St.
— Prescriptions of hydrocodone and alprazolam, or Xanax, were taken from a residence in the 1200 block of Troup Street.
— Guns, a camera and jewelry valued at $2,125 were stolen in a burglary in the first block of Waldrop Road.
— Burglars hit two homes Thursday in the 100 and 200 blocks of West Drummond Road. The total value of the stolen items was estimated at $940.
— A resident of the 100 block of John Lovelace Road heard his dog barking and a horn blowing about 1:20 a.m. today, then discovered his 1996 Chevrolet pickup running with the steering column broken and the driver’s-side back window knocked out.
- It is the policy of LaGrange Daily News to print the names of people charged with felonies.