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Littering stop lands three in Lee jail

LEESBURG, Ga. -- A cigarette butt flicked out of the window of an SUV led to a 1:09 a.m. littering stop that ended with three people in the Lee County Jail on various charges, including drug possession, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report.

A LSO deputy saw a cigarette butt thrown from a 2002 Toyota RAV-4 hit the pavement while he patrolled on the 2700 block of Ledo Road, the report stated. "Sparks flew up from it and then disappeared."

The deputy stopped the blue SUV's driver and her three passengers for littering. Passenger Douglas Ray Bradfield II was wanted for parole violation and was cited for having an open container and giving a false name, the report stated.

According to the report, during the stop the deputy "again informed Douglas (Bradfield) that he needed to leave the vehicle. Douglas began to argue with me stating that he had done nothing wrong and didn't know why he had to exit the vehicle. I advised Douglas that he could leave the vehicle or I would help him exit the vehicle."

Apparently Bradfield decided he didn't want help.

"Douglas sat the beer down that he was drinking and voluntarily exited the vehicle," the report stated

According to the report, the driver, after giving a false name, owned up to being Kimberly Fay Wilhite, 21. She gave permission for the SUV to be searched.

The report stated that the search yielded "several empty alcoholic beverage containers, one multi-colored smoking device with a strong odor of marijuana coming from it and a green Royal Blunt Sour Apple Cigar pack." The cigar pack contained nine Darvocet pills.

The pills and the smoking device belonged to another passenger, Breanen Michelle Harper, 18, the report stated.

Wilhite was cited for unlicensed driving and giving false name and date of birth. Harper was issued citations for possession of a controlled substance and a drug-related object.

The third passenger, Jesse Daniel Taylor, who admitted flicking the cigarette out of the SUV window, was released with a written warning for littering. The other three were cuffed and taken to jail.

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

I believe we need more stops like this. Plus I hope they get fined for littering, as that was the origional reason for the stop. Couldn't the add in failure to comply with a lawful order? That type of enforcement is how Guilanni cleaned up Time Square. Made it so uncomfortable for the undesirables, they stayed away. Good advice for Dougherty and Lee Counties.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree. I saw a pile of litter on Westover Road this past weekend and it sickened me. People can be so disgusting.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 2 months ago

There's always litter on Westover Road. I've never seen more litter in my life.

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

All this, but yet they did nothing wrong. They never do!

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jglass 2 years, 2 months ago

Kudos to the Lee County Sheriff's Dept. I get so "angry" when I see people "flick" their nasty cigarette butts out of their car windows and anywhere. That is littering and that person should have been given a ticket for the maximum penalty for littering. Maybe he would think twice about littering. Also, those "butts" have been known to cause fires as well. Keep up the good work!!!

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