Police Charge Drunk Driver with DUI and Tampering With Evidence for Trying to Swallow Pills

September 21, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A drunk driver who tried to swallow pills to keep Smithville Police from confiscating them has been charged with DUI and tampering with evidence.

28 year old Dustin Allen Pedigo was also cited for three counts of simple possession. A co-defendant, 18 year old Niki Ann Mabeus of 120 Village Place was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Smithville Police, an officer responded to a hit and run accident  on August 23 and spotted a vehicle fitting the description. After initiating a traffic stop, the officer spoke with the driver, Pedigo and noticed a yellow pill laying in his lap. When asked to step out of the vehicle, Pedigo put pills in his mouth in an attempt to hide them. A deputy assisting the officer ordered Pedigo to spit the pills out but he refused.  Officers then pulled Pedigo out of the vehicle in an attempt to recover the pills he had put in his mouth. Pedigo resisted and tried to get back into the vehicle. He was then put on the ground and placed in handcuffs.

Pedigo, who appeared to be under the influence, consented to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. During a search incident to arrest, police recovered from Pedigo’s vehicle several types of pills believed to be Suboxone, Alpraolam, and Gabepentin.

A passenger, Mabeus, produced several syringes from her bra believed to have been used to shoot up Dilaudid.  She was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond for Pedigo is $5,000.

Smithville Man Found with Stolen Vehicle in Georgia

September 21, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A Smithville man was arrested in Lafayette, Georgia earlier this month after he was found in possession of a stolen pickup truck.

31 year old Christopher Eugene Layne of 736 Bright Hill Road is charged in Lafayette Georgia for Theft of property over $2500.

According to Smithville Police, Layne stole a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck from a local residence on Tuesday, September 4. Two days later officers of the Lafayette Police Department in Georgia found Layne to be in control of the vehicle. Layne’s bond is $20,000 and he will make a court appearance on September 27.

Tallent Accused of Threatening Pizza Delivery Employee

September 21, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

A man is in trouble with the law for threatening a Pizza Hut employee with a knife.

52 year old Marty Tallent of 465 West Broad Street was arrested by Smithville Police on August 16 for Aggravated Assault and Theft.

According to Police, an employee of Pizza Hut went to 465 West Broad Street to deliver a pizza. As the employee got to the front door of the residence, Tallent came to the door displaying a knife and ordered the employee to drop off the pizza and leave the residence.  The employee put down the pizza for fear that Tallent would cut him and returned to his car and called the police.   An officer arrived on scene and took Tallent into custody.  Bond for Tallent is $10,000.


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