Man arrested on the way to funeral
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Mar 04, 2011 | 5160 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Tampa man headed to Kentucky for a funeral was arrested Wednesday night by a Bartow County deputy.

While patrolling on Interstate 75 near mile marker 293, the deputy noticed a car driving over the "fog lines" then pull back into the lane.

The deputy activated emergency lights to perform a traffic stop and noticed two plastic bags thrown out the window; the vehicle stopped a short distance later. According to the report, the deputy spoke with the driver, Dustin Lee Pollitt, who had an odor of alcohol coming from his person; the deputy reported seeing an open can of beer in the cup holder. Pollitt told the deputy he was traveling to Kentucky for a funeral.

The deputy questioned Pollitt about the bags thrown out the window. Pollitt admitted to drinking two beers and that he threw cigarettes out the window. The deputy spoke with the female passenger who also said they were en route to a funeral. She admitted to throwing marijuana out the window because Pollitt told her to do so when the deputy activated his lights.

Pollitt was arrested and taken to the Bartow County jail after consenting to a field sobriety test. Two plastic bags containing a green leafy substance were found. The vehicle was released to the passenger.

Car stolen, wrecked on I-75

A Cartersville man who reported his car stolen was informed Tuesday evening that the car was involved in an accident on Interstate 75. A Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a theft by taking call at 21 Alisha Circle on Tuesday afternoon. The complainant said he last saw his car in the driveway Monday night, but when he woke up late Tuesday afternoon, he noticed the car missing.

He told the deputy he left his keys, cell phone and title in the vehicle. The deputy was informed by dispatch that the car had been involved in an accident Monday night and towed.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper worked the accident but could not locate the driver.

Woman's possible victim of financial identity theft

A former Bartow County resident contacted local deputies after she was told by the Internal Revenue Services that her taxes were rejected because someone else filed using her Social Security number.

The complainant said she filed her taxes in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 22 and received the call a few days later. The IRS representative told her unusual activity appeared on her file in 2009. The victim said she attempted to file a financial identify theft report in Tampa, but was told to call Bartow County since she resides here.

Missing girl located

A missing female juvenile was found in Euharlee on Tuesday.

A Bartow County deputy responded to the Euharlee Police Department on Tuesday afternoon in reference to an agency assist to Roswell police. Upon arrival he met with an EPD officer who said he found the girl at 55 Ferguson Road.

She was transported to Bartow County awaiting a pickup from Fulton County.