Wednesday night about 11:37 p.m., Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies performed a traffic stop on a green Ford Explorer traveling south on Interstate 85, just north of KIA, for a tag violation.
Deputies report that the tag frame completely covered the state name, making it unreadable, so they stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Albert Fernando Fleming.
When deputies approached Fleming, he appeared to be distraught, and he stated that his license was suspended.
Fleming was then asked to step out of the vehicle to show him the issue with his license plate, at which point deputies observed alcohol on his breath. When questioned about the alcohol, Fleming stated that he had consumed two beers over a two hour period several hours prior and that there were no open containers in the vehicle.
Deputies then asked for his insurance card, and he returned to the vehicle to retrieve it from the glove box, at which point deputies observed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the Explorer.
Fleming was then confronted about the odor, and he admitted to have been smoking marijuana. When asked if he had any remaining marijuana in the vehicle, Fleming retrieved a partially smoked marijuana cigarette from the center console area.
Deputies then ran Fleming’s Alabama license status, and it came back as being revoked in 2010, with seven active suspensions since the initial revocation.
Fleming was also determined to have an active warrant through Arkansas for Failure to Appear, so he was placed under arrest.
During a subsequent search to arrest, Fleming was found to be in possession of a glass smoking device commonly used to smoke crack cocaine. Fleming insisted the pipe did not belong to him and stated that a friend must have left it in his vehicle.
Deputies also located an open Bud Ice bottle containing a small amount of alcoholic beverage. This beer was found behind the center console well within reach of the driver.
Fleming later tested positive for alcohol on a breath test, but the result was well below the legal limit for Georgia.
As a result, Fleming, age 44, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Driving While License Suspended, Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce, Open Container of Alcohol, and Obstructed Tag.
Tuesday evening about 6:23 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the Walmart on New Franklin Road in reference to a shoplifting in progress.
Police were told that there was a male at the customer service desk attempting to return some comforter sets with an old receipt.
Upon their arrival, officers were able to locate and detain the male at customer service. Police then spoke to Loss Prevention employees, and the suspect was escorted to the Loss Prevention Office.
Employees stated that the male was seen on video gathering the comforters and other items from inside the store and going to customer service where he attempted to return the items.
The items totaled $284.43 and included two comforter sets, a bed in a bag, and a ceiling fan.
As a result of the investigation, the suspect, Willie Wayne Wilson, age 31, 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.
Wilson had no prior Shoplifting convictions and was issued a Criminal Trespass Warning banning him from Walmart at the store’s request.