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.
• Friday afternoon about 2:58 p.m., LaGrange Police were flagged down at the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to Shoplifting in progress.
Police spoke with the store’s Loss Prevention Officer, who stated she watched a customer select three boxes of Borax detergent and then return them for cash with an old receipt. The customer, Randall Shane Smith, then used the money to buy some fudge, a six-pack of Bud Ice beer, some Mellow Yellow soda, and Suave Shampoo.
Smith also reportedly tried to return Boost nutritional drink, but the refund was refused, so he just walked out with the item.
The stolen items totaled $35.94 and the alleged theft was captured on security camera footage.
When questioned about the incident, Smith did not want to make a statement.
As a result, Smith, age 41, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Theft by Shoplifting – Less than $500.
Smith was later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.
• Sunday morning about 2:44 a.m., LaGrange Police were conducting a traffic safety check point on Whitesville Road near Webster Street when officers made contact with a Toyota Camry being driven by Deontre Johnson.
Officers were very familiar with Johnson and were able to identify him on sight, though he could not provide a driver’s license at the time.
While speaking with Johnson, officers observed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, so police asked Johnson to place the vehicle in park. Police say Johnson then attempted to roll up his window, so officers again told him place the vehicle in park.
Johnson then accelerated to a high speed, fleeing southbound on Whitesville Street. Police quickly began to pursue the vehicle with emergency equipment in an attempt to catch up with Johnson, but the Toyota reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Eventually, police could only see the tail lights of the vehicle and lost sight of it on Whitesville Street, so officers elected to disregard the potentially dangerous chase, due to the driver having been identified anyway.
Using the tag number, officers were able to confirm the Toyota was registered to Johnson.
Warrants were later issued for Johnson’s arrest for Fleeing or Attempting to Elude (Felony) and Reckless Driving.
• Saturday morning about 12:45 a.m., LaGrange Police observed a Ford Explorer fail to stop at the stop sign on Jenkins Street at Vernon Road.
A traffic stop was then conducted on the vehicle and officers made contacted with the driver, Jonathan Jamel Thrash.
After police approached the vehicle, officers observed that Thrash was not wearing a shirt and his seat was reclined very far back, almost into the rear seating area. There was also an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, but police did not see any open containers.
Police asked Thrash if he had been drinking and he did not respond, so officers asked him if he would take a portable breath test and he declined the test, but agreed to take some sobriety tests.
As a result of the sobriety tests, Thrash was determined to be impaired to the point that he was unsafe to drive. At the conclusion of the field sobriety tests, Thrash did provide a roadside breath sample, which indicated a presence of alcohol in his breath with a result of .15 BAC, almost double the legal limit.
As a result, Thrash, age 33, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol .08 grams or more, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Less Safe, and Failure to Stop for Stop Sign.
• Late Friday night about 12:10 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 800 block of Hunnicutt Avenue in reference to a fight in progress.
Officers arrived and were approached by Quincy Vasquez Burks. Officers asked Burks if he had called 911 and he stated his girlfriend had called. Burks then stated he had “messed up” and admitted to having punched his girlfriend in the face. He also claimed she had struck him in the head with a radio.
Police say Burks was pacing around and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Burks then requested medical attention because of a knot on his head, so paramedics were called to the scene.
Burks stated he and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument and she told him to leave the house and started packing his things. He then punched her, so she allegedly threw a radio at his head.
Police then spoke to the female, who had a bloody nose and busted lip, so paramedics saw to her injuries as well.
She told police that she and Burks started arguing and she was going to make him move out. She stated that while they were gathering his property, he came in and punched her in the nose. She stated they then began to struggle across the living room and Burks tried to choke her.
The female claimed she never hit Burks with a radio and stated could have bumped his head during the struggle.
Police then spoke to three witnesses, who stated they were in the back room of the house when their children came running, advising that the two were fighting. They then went into the living room and observed Burks on top of the female attempting to choke her. The female victim then managed to escape Burks and he went outside.
Both subjects were transported to the West Georgia Medical Center by paramedics due to injuries sustained during the incident.
As a result of the investigation, officers later responded to the hospital and placed Burks under arrest for the incident.
Burks, age 33, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Battery – Family Violence Act and Third Degree Cruelty to Children – Family Violence Act.
Burks is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.