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Hopping Out of Driver’s Seat Doesn’t Fool Police

One thing officers quickly learn is that people will do just about anything to avoid arrest, even things that are pretty silly in retrospect.

Thursday afternoon about 1 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department were monitoring traffic on Greenville Street near Fair Street when officers observed a silver BMW X5 pass by occupied by a single male driver.

A tag check on the vehicle quickly revealed that the SUV had no valid insurance and the registration was suspended on the vehicle, so a traffic stop was initiated.

Officers then began following the vehicle, which turned onto Wallace Street and pulled into a residential driveway. Police then pulled up behind the vehicle and activated emergency lights.

After pulling behind the stopped vehicle, officers noticed the driver, who they recognized from before, had moved into the passenger seat.

Police then spoke with the subject in the vehicle, later identified as Malcolm Jamal Holloway, and explained the reason for the stop.

Holloway then claimed that he wasn’t driving and that his brother/cousin had been driving the vehicle. Officers then asked him for his driver’s license and advised he didn’t have it and insisted he wasn’t driving.

Police then determined that Holloway’s driver’s license was suspended Failure to Appear, so he was placed under arrest for driving suspended, despite his claims.

Upon searching Holloway to arrest, police did not locate the keys to the vehicle, so officers checked the driver side door to see if the keys were in the ignition, but the door had locked due to a vehicle safety mechanism. Holloway later advised a tow truck driver removing the vehicle that keys were under the seat.

As a result, Holloway, age 27, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Driving while License Suspended, Failure to Maintain Insurance and Obstruction of Officers and issued a written warning for Suspended Registration.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer