Teen arrested for drinking, driving on wrong side of road
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Cartersville Police Department was dispatched to 1271 U.S. Highway 411 in reference to a single-vehicle wreck Wednesday night. According to the incident report, the officer saw a black Ford truck in the ditch and an empty case of Bud Light beer by the driver’s side door. The driver and the passenger remained on scene. The driver, Bret Mears, 19, told the officer he was traveling north on U.S. Highway 41, exiting onto the Highway 411 ramp.

Mears said he drove down the wrong side of the road to get gas before attempting to pull into the gas station. He said he misjudged the entrance and drove into the ditch.

According to the incident report, the officer could smell alcohol on his breath. The officer then asked Mears if he had been drinking, and he immediately stated “Yes ma’am.” When asked how much he had drank he stated “a lot.” Mears was asked to perform the standardized field sobriety exercise and agreed. As the officer began to explain the directions, Mears said he was going to fail all the exercises. He was then asked to take a breathalyzer, which resulted in a reading of .125. He was then placed under arrest for diving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The passenger, Peyton Grizzle, 20, also took a breathalyzer, resulting in a reading of .35. Grizzle was also placed under arrest for underage consumption of alcohol. Five unopened cans of Bud Light were found on the floorboard of Mear’s truck. Both Mears and Grizzle were later released on bond.

Broken car light leads to narcotics arrest

Wednesday afternoon Cartersville police pulled over two women traveling east on Felton Road, just west of North Tennessee Street due to the vehicle’s passenger side light being out. According to the incident report, the officer approached the vehicle and informed the driver of the broken light.

The driver stated she was aware the light was out and was due to a faulty fuse. She then allegedly pulled out a light bulb from the glove compartment. As she opened the compartment, the officer noticed a prescription pill bottle with the label partially scratched off sitting inside. The driver appeared to be nervous and the passenger, Jennifer Leah Mallady, had taken her seat belt off and began fidgeting with items inside her purse looking for identification.

The officer returned to his patrol unit and ran both names, which came up clean. He then returned to the vehicle and requested concent to search the vehicle for any weapons, stolen items or drugs. The driver agreed to the search.

At that time, according to the incident report, Mallady stated that she had a bag full of her boyfriend’s pills, who is incarcerated at the Bartow County Jail. The officer picked up the black colored bag and found 16 prescription pill bottles inside including a neuropathic pain reliever, oxycodone, a sleep aid and Flomax. Mallady was arrested for violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.

Forged checks total $39, 452.55

In reference to a forgery report, Cartersville Police Department was dispatched to Professional Accounting Service located at 111 Postelle St., Cartersville. The owner of the business explained to the officer that there has been a total of 20 forged checks totaling $39,452.55. The incident report states that the suspect is a client and wrote the checks payable to his two businesses, Rev It Up Marketing and There is Always Hope Ministries, Inc., and deposited the checks into the two business accounts. The victim then reportedly withdrew the money from his business account and deposited it to his personal account. He allegedly used a signature stamp and forged the victim’s signature on 20 checks.