Georgia man jailed on meth charges in traffic stop on I-75

It is not that much what people say to law enforcement officers when asked simple questions at traffic stops, but how they say things. Do they sound drunk? Are they consistent? Do her words make sense for the most part?

However, sometimes what they say is so foolish that further investigation is required.

This was the case one afternoon along Interstate 75 just north of Forsyth. A Monroe County sheriff’s deputy stopped a new Chevy Camaro for following another car too closely. The man behind the wheel and another passenger in the Camaro were said to be “extremely nervous” about the Oct. 3 encounter, according to the deputy’s report.

The driver’s hands “were shaking terribly,” and as he rolled down his window, the deputy caught what he described as “the raw smell of marijuana.”

The 32-year-old driver from Mitchell County in southwest Georgia was on his way back. He was asked what brought him to the Midstate.

“Who, me?” said the driver. “Just drive.”

He was asked where he had been.

“Atlanta,” he said.

Which part?

“Uh, Decatur.”

He said his niece went to school there. Which school?

“Er, Princeton,” said the man.

This confused the deputy. “Princeton?”

“I mean south,” said the driver.

“South?” the deputy replied, still amazed.

In his report, the official wrote, “I had never heard of this school.”

When asked again where his niece went to school, the driver muttered, “She has to, she has to, um, I just need my phone so I can call my mom.”

The man seemed to know it was on.

A subsequent search of his car found marijuana blunts and 5 kilos of meth.

Shipment: On Oct. 17, a Jackson woman told authorities that the day before, while she was shopping at a Dollar General store, someone got into the truck she was in and stole “a small box” of drugs she was buying taking to control their blood pressure and anxiety. . . . In the early hours of October 2, a 50-year-old Macon man was arrested for shoplifting after allegedly going into a Shell grocery store on the 2000 block of Riverside Drive and carrying a bottle of 5 Hour Energy and four Slim Jim meats stuffed in his pants.

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Joe Kovac Jr. covers crime and the courts for The Telegraph with an eye for human interest stories. Joe is from Warner Robins and a graduate of Warner Robins High. He joined the Telegraph in 1991 after graduating from the University of Georgia. A recipient of the Pulliam Fellowship in 1991, Joe worked for the Indianapolis News. His stories have appeared in The Washington Post, Seattle Times, and Atlanta Magazine. He was a finalist for the Livingston Award and has won numerous awards from the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia Associated Press.