14-year-old driver involved in hit-and-run accident
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A 14-year-old was arrested Tuesday night when she struck another vehicle and fled the scene while driving under the influence of marijuana.

Several men and women were standing around a Ford Explorer at 1160 Burnt Hickory Road when a Cartersville police officer arrived on scene. Another officer said the vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier in the day. A juvenile said she was driving and had left the scene of an accident, according to the incident report.

The juvenile said the vehicle belonged to her father, and that she had smoked marijuana approximately four or five hours before the accident. However, she said she was not smoking during the accident. After she hit the other vehicle, the juvenile continued, she became scared and left. She added she did not have a license and was 14 years old.

After the juvenile’s father arrived on scene he gave the officers permission to search the vehicle. A small, green vitamin bottle was reportedly found in the passenger side door panel. The bottle contained a suspected marijuana cigarette.

Though the juvenile did not visibly appear to be under the influence of marijuana, a later test of her urine returned as positive for the substance.

The juvenile was charged with failure to obey traffic control device, possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while unlicensed. The juvenile was released to her parents and the Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted.

Brass knuckles, meth found during traffic stop

After a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped his vehicle, one man tried to rid himself of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription medications by throwing it over the hood of his car.

According to the incident report, a deputy saw a Ford Explorer drive by without a functioning driver’s side headlight near the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and Mac Johnson Road. When the vehicle stopped, the driver, Keith Pope, reportedly got out of the vehicle and began asking questions. The deputy told Pope to get back in the vehicle, and as he did so, Pope allegedly threw a “small white object” across the vehicle’s hood and into some bushes.

The deputy picked up the bottle and found it contained suspected meth, marijuana, three pink pills marked T13 and four white pills marked TV1003.

When asked about the bottle, Pope said, “I don’t know,” according to the report. While searching Pope, the deputy found a knife, pocket knife and brass knuckles.

According to the report, as the deputy continued investigating, Pope yelled, “It’s all mine. Anything you find is mine.” Two passengers in the vehicle denied knowing anything about the bottle’s contents.

Pope was arrested and charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, drugs to be kept in original container, possession of knife during commission of a crime, tampering with evidence and headlight required.

Pope was transported to the Bartow County Jail.

Beer shoplifted in restroom

Two women and a man stole beer from a GA Highway 293 gas station Tuesday night after the man asked to see where the salt was located.

The store owner flagged down a BCSO deputy at approximately 8 p.m., saying the tan four-door that had just driven past the deputy stole beer from his store. The deputy attempted to find the vehicle, but was unable to locate it.

The victim later said the man and two women walked into the store and the man asked if he had any salt. While the victim showed the man where the salt packages were, he saw the man’s hands were shaking. The man reportedly grabbed some packages and went to the restroom. After the man left, the victim went to the restroom and found an empty beer can. The victim was unable to catch the man as he left.

The victim said he had seen the man several times before, and he always goes into the restroom before leaving.

The man was described as a white male wearing shorts with a black and red shirt, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with black hair and beard. Tattoos were on both of his arms.