Motorist pulls handgun on another driver
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A driver Wednesday told Bartow County Sheriff's deputies that a fellow motorist pulled a gun following a incident at the Kangaroo at Highway 41 and East Felton Road.

According to the report, the victim said he was caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic when a man driving a newer Toyota Tundra attempted to edge into traffic in front of him. The man said he believed the suspect was going to hit his vehicle so he yelled at the other man.

At that point, the victim said the suspect reached into the floor of his truck and pulled out what he thought was some sort of handgun, waving it around, and yelling and cursing.

When traffic began moving, the victim traveled to work in Merchants Square where he discovered that the suspect had followed him. The suspect allegedly yelled at him, calling him names and saying he wouldn't "shoot you over something stupid like this."

Two witnesses confirmed the incident, saying the suspect also called them names.

Man calls 911 from police station

Early Thursday Cartersville police stopped a black truck after following the speeding vehicle through parts of the city.

According to the report, the officer began following the truck after another officer gave a "be on the lookout" for an intoxicated driver. The responding officer, who reported traveling 60 mph in a 30-mph zone, attempted to catch the truck on Gilmer Street toward Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The vehicle then turned left on Porter Street, striking a curb as it traveled over the railroad tracks. The truck failed to properly obey traffic control devices, including stopping at a green light and rolling through stop signs.

The officer reported the driver struck another curb and drifted side to side before the officer stopped the truck on Charles Street. The driver, identified as Brian Scott McClure, 23, of 30 Bramblewood Drive, said he had left his license at home but had a military ID, which at one point he attempted to remove from a cell phone. The officer eventually found a state firearms license in McClure's wallet.

McClure agreed to field sobriety tests, exiting the vehicle, at which point the officer reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol.

McClure was arrested and charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane. During the booking process, McClure questioned the officer about being an officer and then began breathing in the officer's ear during fingerprinting, stating the officer "was hot and he was getting" to the officer. The exchange continued until the officer called for a secondary officer.

While completing the citation, the officer received a call from dispatch advising that McClure had dialed 911 from the phone at Cartersville Police Department, asking how to get out of jail. Dispatch reported he appeared disoriented and lost.

Orange folder found with important documents

A Cartersville police officer was dispatched to 178 W. Main St. Tuesday night after personal documents were located along the roadway.

The officer met with an employee at Grand Theater on Wall Street who said that a co-worker turned in an orange folder containing numerous personal documents. She said the folder was found at the corner of Cherokee and Gilmer streets. Inside the folder were a Social Security card, Pennsylvania birth certificate and court-related papers.

An attempt to contact the woman who the documents appeared to belong to was unsuccessful. The officer sent an e-mail requesting the owner of the folder contact the Cartersville Police Department in reference to the items found.

Possible fraud case in Bartow investigated

Investigators are reviewing a possible fraud case in Bartow County. A Bartow sergeant reviewed a police incident report from Roswell Police Department that had been mailed for review.

According to the report, a victim living in their jurisdiction filed a fraud report with their agency when an online purchase was made against their debit card totaling $1,266.68. The purchases were made form two locations in Bartow County. The report provided names and addresses for the IP addresses that the purchases were made from.

Alleged break-in investigated

A Bartow County Sheriff's deputy responded to 4185 Creek Trail in Acworth Tuesday afternoon in reference to a burglary.

Upon arrival the officer met with the complainant who stated that someone broke a rear window and took items. The officer also spoke with the complainant's neighbors who said they saw a man and woman taking items the previous day.

According to the report, the neighbor said the man goes by the nickname "Can't Get Right." When the officer asked why they didn't call 911 while the crime was happening, the neighbor said Can't Get Right stated he had permission to get the items.

The officer went to the alleged suspect's home but he was not home. He spoke with Can't Get Right's father who said his son was home all day with him the previous day.

Man complains of bikers urinating on the side of roads

A deputy met Tuesday with a complainant who said that while driving Tuesday afternoon on County Line Road he observed about five men urinating on the side of the road.

According to the report, the complainant said they were bikers parked at the Bush Plant and this happens often on County Line Road and Glade Church. The complainant said he went to the Bush Plant and spoke with someone, but they couldn't do anything about the bikers.

The officer told the complainant that the plant is in the city's jurisdiction, but he would call in extra patrol for those areas.

Man attempts to purchase gas with stolen card

A BCSO deputy responded Tuesday afternoon to Murphy's Oil USA in reference to fraudulent activity in progress.

According to the report, the complainant -- a store clerk -- said a black man attempted to purchase $40 in gas with a stolen VISA EBT card and drove away in a blue Mercedes Benz SUV when she refused to return the stolen card.

The complainant said she knew the card was stolen because of a warning the computer gives them instructing them to confiscate the card. She said the suspect attempted to reach his hand through the access window to retrieve the card.

While driving a Bartow investigator saw the suspect's vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Eric Charles Grissett, 42, of Raleigh, N.C., said he bought the card from a man in Atlanta. He said the man he bought the card from said it was valid and he believed him. Grissett also provided two more similar cards from his pocket, adding he bought those two from the same man. There was no signature on the back of either cards.

Grissett was placed under arrest for criminal trespass for reaching through the clerk's window and grabbing the Visa card. The investigator said he was going to research the other cards to see if they were reported stolen.