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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 Thursday night about 11:19 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the intersection of New Franklin Road at Commerce Avenue in reference to a domestic disturbance between mother and her adult son.

Officers arrived and observed the male subject walking away from his mother down Commerce Avenue, so officers stopped him until they could figure out what occurred.

Police spoke with the subject’s mother, who stated that her son has mental issues, but he has only been officially diagnosed with dyslexia at about age five.

She stated that her son had struck her in the face, but she repeatedly said she didn’t wish to press charges.

After nearly an hour of attempting to reason with male, the decision was made to arrest him for the incident. While attempting to arrest the male, officers were forced to chase him into the intersection of New Franklin Road and Bob Williams Drive where he was finally taken into custody.

The subject, whose name is being withheld due to potential mental issues, was then transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Simple Battery – Family Violence Act.

• Thursday night about 11:04 p.m., LaGrange Police conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer at the intersection of Whitesville Road and Hamilton Street due to a tag violation.

Police made contact with the driver, Justine Lamar Phillips, and explained the reason for the stop. Phillips stated he had purchased the vehicle from Gills in Alabama and they had not provided him with a tag. Phillips also confirmed this by providing police with the bill of sale and a current insurance card indicating the vehicle was actively insured.

Duringtheinvestigation, officers began to smell an odor of green marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle, but Phillips denied any illegal drugs being in the vehicle.

Officers then requested consent to search the vehicle, but Phillips stated that he did not see any reason for police to do so.

Police say that Phillips then appeared to become nervous. He reportedly started moving a lot, began to sweat, and would not look directly at officers.

Additional officers then arrived to assist and police searched the vehicle due to probable cause being established.

During the search, officers located a paper Burger King bag that held a clear plastic bag that containing an amount of suspected loose marijuana, a six-inch brown marijuana cigarette, and a stainless steel marijuana grinder containing more suspected marijuana residue.

Phillips was then taken into custody and searched to arrest, but no further contraband was located.

As a result, Phillips, age 28, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce and given a warning for tag violation.

Phillips was later released on bond.

• Thursday night about 10:39 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the PNC bank on North Greenwood Street in reference to reports of a possible drunk driver in a green Chrysler Sebring.

Officers arrived and found a female, later identified as Brandesha Carpenter, standing in the open doorway to her green Chrysler Sebring, holding the vehicle keys and a Monster energy drink.

According to police, Carpenter was disoriented, failed to answer simple questions, and had trouble maintaining her balance while standing and walking.

Carpenter also admitted to having consumed a large amount of vodka while at Los Nopales after working all day.

Police say that Carpenter eventually became belligerent and aggressive towards and officers, so she was placed under arrest for Public Drunkenness. Officer then placed her in handcuffs and began to search her to arrest, but she refused to cooperate and began kicking her feet and pulling away as officers attempted to search her.

Officers then attempted to place her in a patrol car, but she began to stiffen her body and continued to, kick her legs and thrash her head around.

After multiple attempts at reasoning with Carpenter to get in the vehicle, officers took her to the ground where until additional help could arrive. While on the ground, Carpenter continued to kick repeatedly, so officers placed her in leg restraints. Carpenter was then held in a seated position, until paramedics arrived on scene.

Carpenter was then secured to the ambulance stretcher using multiple pairs of handcuffs and transported to Well Star Medical Center where she was turned over to medical staff charged with Public Drunkenness.

• Thursday night about 7:50 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Longhorn Steakhouse on Lafayette Parkway in reference to an Entering Auto.

Officer made contact with the complainant, who stated that sometime between the time of 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., while he was inside Longhorn, an unknown person shattered out the front passenger side window of his grey Chevrolet Silverado.

The only thing that appeared to be missing from the truck was a .357 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, valued at $700, and two blank checkbooks from the center console.

The vehicle had been parked on the east side of the restaurant towards the rear.

While officers were working this incident, other victim advised that his vehicle had also been entered.

Police then relocated to the second vehicle, a burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe. The owner stated he arrived at the location at about 6:10 p.m. and had just discovered the theft.

A black Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, valued at $800; a grey North Face book bag, valued at $100; a pink Victoria Secret book bag, valued at $75; and set of Beats by Dre wireless headphones, valued at $180; were reportedly stolen from the vehicle.

Police inspected the vehicle and the front passenger side door handle had damage consistent with the lock being punched.

Both incidents are still under investigation.