Woman throws drink, later arrested for cocaine possession
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A woman suspected of throwing her drink at another customer was later arrested for possession of cocaine early Wednesday morning.

Cartersville police responded to a fight in progress at Applebee’s on Main Street when they saw the suspect, later identified as Erika Martin, standing outside the restaurant. She said she had been in an “altercation” with another customer that resulted in her throwing her drink, and glass, at the victim, according to the incident report.

The victim said she had been arguing with Martin over a seat at the bar when Martin threw a glass at her. The officer noted that the victim’s clothes and hair were wet from the drink being thrown at her. A second victim said her arm was cut when the glass shattered on impact. The officer did see a small laceration on the second victim’s left arm.

The second victim also said she overheard Martin talking to an unknown person about using cocaine.

After returning outside, the officer asked Martin about the cocaine. Martin said a friend of hers was previously at the bar and he had the cocaine.

When asked if she had anything in her purse or in her vehicle Martin reportedly said, “God no, I am a dental hygienist. I do not do anything like that. You can check whatever you want.”

A second officer checked Martin’s purse and found a multicolored camera bag. Inside of the bag was a substance suspected to be cocaine. After the second officer said to place Martin under arrest, Martin said, “It’s not mine, it’s not mine. It’s cocaine.”

Martin was arrested and taken to the Cartersville Police Department without incident. She was charged with possession of cocaine and two counts of simple assault.

Car chase runs through Atco

A Cartersville police officer pursued a suspect through Atco Tuesday afternoon after attempting to pull the vehicle over for a traffic stop.

The officer was watching traffic on Cassville Road when he saw a Chevrolet Silverado driving south on Cassville Road. When the vehicle went through the underpass, the driver hit the brakes and the officer saw the third tail light was not functioning properly.

The officer pulled out to make a traffic stop, but lost sight of the vehicle when it made a right turn onto Sugar Valley Road. However, when the officer drove through the underpass he saw the Silverado traveling down Sugar Valley Road at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued, increasing his speed to approximately 51 mph.

Although the officer lost sight of the vehicle a second time when it crested a hill, he believed it to have turned onto Mayflower Street. When he turned onto Mayflower Street, he saw the Silverado speeding down the street as it drove through the Puritan Street intersection without stopping.

The officer continued to try to catch up to the vehicle and turned on his sirens and lights in an attempt to stop the suspect.

After the vehicle drove through the Goodyear Avenue intersection, but before it reached Columbia Street, the suspect allegedly stopped the vehicle in the middle of the road and fled on foot.

The officer continued onto Columbia Street and followed the suspect, later identified as Jimmy Lee Payne, as he ran down the street until he crossed into a yard and ran south.

Getting out of his vehicle, the officer pursued Payne on foot through a yard and across a back alley before jumping a fence. They continued through another yard and jumped a second fence before the officer was able to capture Payne.

Payne was placed under arrest without incident. However, no other passengers in the vehicle could be located.

It was later discovered that Payne’s license was suspended, the vehicle’s registration was suspended and it had no valid insurance.

Payne was transported to the Cartersville Police Department and charged with obstruction of an officer, driving with suspended license, suspended registration, no insurance, brake light requirements and failure to stop at stop sign.