The teenagers left their homes sometime Thursday afternoon or evening. While a missing persons report was not filed until Saturday, Jones said his department began searching for the two teens Friday. The department worked in conjunction with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the search.
One of the teenagers, Jones said, had been talking about leaving home for roughly a week, and convinced the second teenager to leave home as well.
While runaways are handled differently from abductions, Jones said, Adairsville police used the case as a training opportunity.
“The reason we did this is [because] I wanted the guys to get practice in case we actually had a true abduction or a missing child. I wanted them to treat it like it was [an abduction], so that way they would have the knowhow to do it,” he said.
However, Jones added runaway situations were serious in their own right, as runaway children can often be abducted or harmed.
One teen was found near Clear Creek Road, while the other was found at Cartersville Medical Center.
Driver arrested for DUI while children were in vehicle
After warning suspect Calvin Edwards not to drive home after drinking on Saturday afternoon, a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw Edwards in his vehicle driving down Cedar Creek Road toward U.S. Highway 41 at a high rate of speed.
The deputy immediately began following Edwards, but soon lost sight of his vehicle. The deputy sped up to nearly 80 mph down Highway 41 in an attempt to catch up to Edwards but, according to the report, he was unable to find Edwards.
The deputy then drove to Edwards’ home and saw his car parked in the driveway. Edwards and his two children had gotten out of the vehicle and were walking toward the house. Reportedly, Edwards became irate when he saw the deputy, and said he was not drunk. According to the report, Edwards said he would never drive drunk with his children in the car. However, the deputy noticed Edwards’ eyes were red and glassy and he was leaning on the trunk of his vehicle for support.
Edwards failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI and driving too fast for conditions. He was transported to the Bartow County Jail.
Traffic stop finds felony amount of meth, stolen firearm
After stopping a driver for a traffic violation, an Adairsville police K-9 officer discovered a felony amount of methamphetamine and a stolen firearm.
The suspect was arrested and taken to Bartow County Jail. While there, Adairsville Police Chief Robert Jones said, a second bag of methamphetamine fell from the suspect’s person.
The suspect was charged with seatbelt violation, failure to maintain lane, DUI, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II, possession of drug related objects, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a stolen firearm.