2019-01-09 / Public Safety



On Saturday, December 22, 2018, Officer Spence conducted a traffic stop on a silver Kia Forte that had a back brake light out. Officer Spence made contact with the driver, Stephanie Thigpen, and advised her of the reason for the traffic stop. While waiting for her driver’s license, Officer Spence noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Deputy Clenney arrived for back-up, and when he asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Thigpen stated that there was some in her purse and some in the center console. While standing at the window, Officer Spence noticed a small child in the backseat, at which point Thigpen admitted to smoking with the child in the vehicle.

A search was conducted of her car, where marijuana was found, along with a glass smoking device. Thigpen also informed Officer Spence that she had cocaine in her pocket.

Thigpen was placed under arrest and transported to the Miller County Jail, where she has been booked with warrants pending.


On Monday, December 24, 2018, Officer Richard responded to a call in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Sarjer Williams informed Officer Richard that he was attempting to press his brakes, but instead pressed the gas, hitting three parked cars and pinning one male between two of the vehicles. Mr. Zackary Ingle was at the scene and helped remove the vehicles off the injured male.

The male was taken to the hospital.


On Monday, December 24, 2018, Officer Richard conducted a traffic stop on BJ Williams. Officer Richards had his car towed due to the fact his tag had been expired for a year, and he escorted Williams home.


On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, Officer Spence observed a green Ford with a tail light out. Officer Spence conducted a traffic stop, advising William Cook, of Colquitt, as to the reason for this stop. When Officer Spence ran his license, dispatch informed him that Cook’s license was suspended due to child support obligations.

Officer Spence advised Cook to exit the vehicle, informing him that he was being placed under arrest for the suspended license. When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Cook advised that there was an empty beer in the center console. Cook gave Officer Spence consent to search the vehicle.

Cook was transported to the Miller County Jail, where he was booked on charges of driving while license suspended, open container, and tail light requirements.


On Sunday, December 30, 2018, Officer Richard conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had a license that expired in August. The driver, Jasper Hatten IV, of Donalsonville, informed Officer Richard that it was his girl friend’s car and produced a valid license. When Officer Richard ran the tag, it came back with no insurance and cancelled registration. Officer Richard asked Hatten to step out of the car and placed him under arrest for no valid insurance.


On Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Officer Long responded to a call in reference to a vehicle crash. Linda McCoy’s vehicle made contact with Alaina Bradley’s vehicle. McCoy advised that she was backing up to allow another vehicle to back out, and Bradley didn’t stop in time and hit her vehicle. Bradley advised that she was behind McCoy’s vehicle when it stopped. She stated that when McCoy’s vehicle began to move backwards, she put her car in reverse, in an attempt to evade the vehicle. Bradley didn’t move fast enough, and Mc- Coy’s vehicle struck hers.

A witness that Officer Long made contact with advised that she had witnessed the accident, and McCoy’s vehicle struck Bradley’s while backing up.

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