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Wednesday February 8th

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.

• Sunday afternoon about 2:40 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting.

While en route, police were informed that the female suspect had ran from the location and had fled in a silver Ford Fiesta. Witnesses were able to get the tag number on the vehicle and it was located shortly afterwards on Turner Street.

A traffic stop was then conducted and officers made contact with the driver, Anithia Danielle Williams. After explaining the reason for the stop, Williams admitted that she had been at Walmart, but stated she did not have any of their property.

Williams was then detained while police could further investigate and shortly afterwards she admitted that she did load up her shopping cart and attempt to exit the store without paying for the items.

Loss Prevention Officers back at Walmart advised that they were unsure if they were able to recover all of the stolen property, so police searched the vehicle for any shoplifted items.

Officers did not locate any stolen property in the vehicle, but an open bottle of Wild Irish Rose liquor was found lying in the front seat and another empty bottle was concealed inside a red bag in the passenger floorboard. Police also located a small amount of suspected marijuana on the driver’s side floor board.

Williams later admitted to drinking some of the liquor and stated the empty bottle was from the previous day.

Police later responded to Walmart who advised that Williams entered the store and began selecting items and placing them in a shopping cart and later moved to the curtain aisle where she placed the items in Walmart bags. Williams then attempted to exit the store on the grocery side without paying and was stopped by employees. After employees grabbed the shopping cart, Williams ran to her vehicle and fled the area.

Store employees advised that Williams attempted to leave without paying for 23 total items, valued at $245.15. All the items were recovered at the scene. A subsequent criminal history check revealed that Williams had no prior convictions for Shoplifting.

As a result, Williams, age 24, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail and charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500, Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce, and Open Container.

Williams was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.

• Sunday afternoon about 12:50 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 600 block of Youngs Mill Road in reference to a Hit & Run.

Officers were advised en route that a witness had followed the Hit & Run vehicle from the accident scene, which occurred at the intersection of South Davis Road and Hogansville Road. After seeing the accident, the witness followed the black Honda Accord to Youngs Mill Road, where the vehicle ultimately stopped and waited for police.

Police first spoke to the witness, who stated she followed the female driver thinking she was impaired. She stated that while sitting at the intersection she observed the Honda striking the curb and collide with a metal pedestrian signal, knocking the signal over. She said the Honda almost collided with her vehicle and then sped away at a high rate speed.

According to the witness, the Honda failed to maintain its lane several time on its way to Youngs Mill Road, where it finally stopped. The driver then remained inside the vehicle until police arrived.

Police then made contact with the other driver, Catherine Dana Harvey, who was the only occupant in the Honda. Officers immediately noticed an open prescription bottle in Harvey’s lap, which she stated were Xanax pills and held the bottle up.

Officers asked Harvey how many of the pills she had consumed today and she initially stated none and that she just woken up, but later made conflicting statements saying she had been up since 8 a.m.

Police say the prescription bottle showed that the bottle had been filled with 120 Xanax pills just two days earlier, but only 26 pills remained inside the bottle. Harvey stated she took the remaining pills out of the bottle and placed them at a safe place at home because of frequent thefts of her Xanax.

Harvey also stated she had not taken any other medication, drugs, or alcohol.

Police say Harvey’s eyes were puffy and she appeared drowsy. When asked what she hit, she stated she didn’t believe she hit anything. She later recanted this statement, saying she hit a curb.

The Honda had heavy front end damage and a missing front bumper. Police say some of the damage appeared to be old with rust and other damage appeared to be fresh with fresh scratches on the hood and a cracked windshield.

Other officers later went to the intersection of Hogansville Road and Davis Road and located the downed pedestrian signal. The damage was estimated at more than $500.

Harvey was then given several field sobriety tests, which police say showed she was impaired. Harvey also submitted to a breath test, which tested negative for the presence of alcohol with a result of .000.

Due to the circumstances, officers believe Harvey was under the influence of drugs.

Police noted that while waiting for someone to come and pick up her vehicle, Harvey appeared to fall asleep multiple times, which caused her to bump her head on the rear of the seat. Harvey was seen closing her eyes and have slurred conversations with herself.

After a blood sample was taken at the West Georgia Medical Center, Harvey, age 34, was transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – Less Safe and Duty to Report an Accident with Apparent Property Damage Exceeding $500.

• West Point Police responded to an incident of Criminal Damage to Property which was reported in the 400 block of West 13th Street.

• West Point Police responded to incidents of Simple Battery and Criminal Trespass which were reported in the 7000 block of Kia Parkway.

• West Point Police took three separate reports for Theft by Taking which were reported in the 1100 block of East 12th Street, the 100 block Hudson Lane, and the 100 block of Highland Drive.