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Wednesday January 11th

Police & Sheriff’s Reports

The individuals listed have been cited/arrested/charged in Troup County. However, this is not an admission of guilt.All parties are considered innocent until proved guilty.

• Late Sunday night about 12:40 a.m., LaGrange Police were in the area of Lafayette Parkway near Cotton Drive when officers observed a vehicle observed to be traveling in excess of 60 mile per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.

After a radar test revealed the green Toyota Camry was traveling at 64 miles per hour, police initiated a traffic stop and pulled the vehicle just after it entered Interstate 85.

When officers approached the driver, Henry Frank Gates, he was frantically digging through the center looking for his license. While speaking with Gates, officers noticed an odor of alcohol coming from within the vehicle. They say he also had glassy eyes, slow slurred speech, and he seemed to have trouble comprehending and answering simple questions.

Gates agreed to submit to some sobriety tests to determine if he was safe to drive, each of which showed impairment. Officers note Gates was first asked to say the alphabet from E to Q. Gates failed this test by beginning with the letter A and continuing with several letters out of sequence. Gates was given a second chance, asking him to recite the alphabet normally, from A to Z, but when he attempted it again the letters were significantly out of order.

After failing this and other tests, Gates submitted to a roadside breath test, which tested positive for alcohol at a result of .173 grams.

Gates was then arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was submitted to a state administered breath test with results of .166 and .161 grams, just over twice the legal limit.

As a result Gates , age 54, was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – More than .08 grams, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Less Safe, and Speeding.

Gates is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.

• Sunday afternoon about 3:38 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 200 block of Tuggle Street in reference to a Residential Burglary.

Officers arrived and met with the complainant, who advised unknown person(s) had broken into his brother’s residence and stole a propane space heater. The complainant explained that the residence belonged to his brother, but he has not been living there recently.

The brother stated he stopped by at about 2 p.m. and noticed that the door had been tampered with, but nothing appeared to have been taken at the time. He then left to get some items to resecure the door and when he returned about an hour and a half later, the heater was missing.

The only thing that was taken was the heater, valued at about $150. The suspects apparently ignored several other valuable items, which have since been removed from the residence for safekeeping.

The complainant advised officers of a suspect that he believes may have taken the heater. He advised his brother formerly allowed the male subject to hang out at the location and he knew that his brother was not around. He stated the subject lives in an old camper with no power and may have may have taken the heater due to the cold weather.

Police later relocated to the initial suspect’s camper, but the camper was padlock applied from the outside and no one appeared to be at the location. As officers were leaving police located the suspect and he stated he has been staying at other warm locations this weekend and requested a ride to the New Ventures warming center on Lukken Industrial Drive.

Officers did not locate the stolen property with him or at his residence, so the subject was taken to the warming center due to the freezing temperature.

• Sunday morning about 11:57 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 100 block of Mitchell Avenue in reference to domestic incident between a mother and son.

Officers arrived and observed the son, later identified as Cartarius Smith, exit the front door of the apartment and begin walking away, so he was stopped for the investigation.

Police say Smith was very upset that officers had stopped him while they could figure out what had happened.

Police first spoke with the complainant, who stated the altercation began when she accused her son of stealing $100 from her boyfriend. She stated after doing so, he became began verbally aggressive towards her, but did not put his hands on her. He then walked outside and slammed the door.

The complainant stated she later she walked outside a few minutes later and saw a large dent in the passenger side door from her son kicking it.

The mother stated that she did not actually see her son kick the door, but that she had just arrived home and the vehicle was not damaged when she parked. She stated that her son came back home a few minutes later and they have been fighting since.

Officers observed the white Mazda 6, which had a large dent in the passenger door, which was estimated at well over $500 to repair.

Other witnesses at the scene confirmed the verbal altercation and that Smith walked out slamming the door behind him, but no one actually saw him kick the vehicle.

Police later spoke to Smith and asked him what happened to his mother’s car door. He stated that the argument started over her accusing him of stealing money. When asked how the car door got damaged, Smith stated that he got mad and had walked out. He stated that he did not do anything to his mother and that he did not remember how he kicked the door as far as frontwards or backwards.

Officers later noticed the bottom of the shoes Smith had been wearing matched the same pattern on the damaged door. After hearing him admit that he kicked his mother’s door because he was mad and seeing the physical evidence, officers placed Smith under arrest.

Smith, age 17, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Second Degree Criminal Damage to Property – Family Violence Act. Smith was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.