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.
• Early Sunday morning about 3:40 a.m., LaGrange Police were traveling north on Morgan Street near Greenville Street when they observed that the vehicle in front of them failed to stop for a red light at the intersection.
Police then began following the black Toyota Camry, which proceeded onto Greenville Street at a fairly high rate of speed. Officers initially suspected that the driver was attempting to elude them, but once they caught up and activated blue lights, the vehicle pulled over.
Officers then spoke to the driver, Shekyra Akena Coverson, and explained the reason for the stop. Police say Coverson then began arguing that she had the right to make a right turn on a red light, which is allowed under Georgia Law, but she was still required to stop first.
While speaking with Coverson, officers noticed an odor of an alcohol coming from inside the vehicle and that her speech was slightly slurred, leading police to believe that she had been drinking.
Coverson was then removed from the vehicle and the odor of alcohol was determined to be coming from her person.
Police note that Coverson then became uncooperative and refused any sobriety testing. Due to her failure to stop for the red light, high speed, slurred speech, argumentative nature, and the odor of alcohol, Coverson was then placed under arrest for suspicion of drunken driving.
Coverson then reportedly became physically resistant to the arrest by pulling away from officers as they attempted to handcuff her and continued telling them she knew her rights.
Coverson, age 23, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Less Safe, Violation of Traffic Safety Device, and Obstruction of Officers.
Coverson was later released from the Troup County Jail on $2,500 bond.
• Saturday evening about 6 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 900 block of Stonewall Street in reference to a theft.
Officers arrived and made contact with the complainant, stated sometime between Friday afternoon about 3 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., unknown person(s) stole a lawnmower, valued at $900. The suspect(s) took the lawnmower, along with a gas can, valued at $10, out of the shed in the rear of her property.
Police processed the location for fingerprints and this incident remains under investigation.
• Saturday evening about 5:10 p.m., LaGrange Police responded to the 200 block of Brown Street in reference to fraud.
Officers arrived and made contact with the complainant, who stated she had bought a burgundy Honda Accord from a known subject on September 14. She stated she met the seller on Starmount Drive and gave him $700 for the vehicle. She stated he wanted $900 for the vehicle, so she provided the remainder of the money at a later date.
The female stated she was provided receipts to verify the sale and was given a title, once the sale was completed.
The complainant stated that when she went to the tag office with the title, she was advised that the vehicle had another title on it with another lien holder and they were unable to give her a tag for the vehicle.
The female stated she later contacted the seller and he told her there was no lien holder that he knew of and that he bought the vehicle from a friend of his that sells cars.
Police reviewed the title and determined that the vehicle was originally registered to male from Albany, Georgia. The lien holder was Daniels Auto Broker, also from Albany.
Officers then made contact with the subject who sold the complainant the vehicle and he stated that he bought the vehicle from a friend. He claimed that once he had the vehicle he decided it was not the right vehicle for his daughter, so he sold the vehicle to the complainant and provided her with the title that he received with the vehicle.
The seller insisted he was unaware of any lien holders on the vehicle.
The seller stated that once the complainant contacted him about the issue, he contacted his friend and was told if she could provide him with the vehicle information, he would get her a replacement title. He stated that she would not cooperate with him when he tried to help her.
This incident is still under investigation.
• Saturday morning about 2:58 a.m., LaGrange Police responded to the area of the Morgan Street Bridge in reference to an intoxicated person. Officers arrived and observed the subject, later identified as Jonathan Taylor, walking in the middle of the roadway near the intersection of Hamilton Street, Morgan Street, and Whitesville Road.
Police pulled up behind the subject and ordered him out of the roadway. Officers then began to approach Taylor and had to yell at him to get him to even turn around. When he did so, he lost his balance and started to fall to the ground.
Police say Taylor had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, and inability to stand without falling over. Taylor also admitted to having consumed several beers earlier in the night.
Taylor, age 33, was then issued a citation for Public Drunkenness and transported to a friend’s residence where he was told to sleep it off.
Officers note that Taylor was almost struck several times by passing motorists due to walking in and out of traffic.