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Customer punches clerk over peanuts
Hinesville PD blotter for Feb. 2

From Hinesville Police Department reports:

Disorderly conduct: An officer was sent to a Robin Hood Drive address around noon Jan. 25, when he talked to two men who were mad at each other. The first man told the officer he was driving on Veterans Parkway when he was cut off by and nearly hit by a silver car.

"He noticed that the vehicle was turning into the same subdivision as the one that he lives in, so he followed it …. (to a Maid Marian Court address)," the report said. "At that time, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as (the other fellow), exited the vehicle and approached (the first man’s vehicle) while yelling at him. (The other fellow) began confronting (the first man) about following him to his residence, and (the first man) then told him why he had done so."

At that point, "(the other fellow) then began telling him to get out of the car, and telling him that if he has so much energy, to get out and fight him. (The other fellow) then kicked (the first man’s vehicle), causing no damage, and continued yelling at him. (The first man) was then told to leave or fight."

About that time, a woman came out of the home and also told the first man to leave, so he went home and called 911.

The officer then talked to the other fellow, who claimed he didn’t know why he was being followed, but as soon as he was told he apologized. That wasn’t enough, the other fellow said. "(The first man) refused to leave and continued ‘going off,’ leading (the other fellow) to believe that (the first man) was there to do more than get an apology. (The other fellow) denied having kicked (the first man’s) car."

Both were given a case number and told how to get a copy of the report.

Auto theft: A used car salesman told police Jan. 25 he let a man test drive a black 2003 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition with 194,600 miles on it and a $12,500 sticker price and, well, "a few minutes later (the salesman) received a call from (the customer) stating another male subject that was present during the test drive … drove off with the (pickup.)," a report said.

An officer then went to the EconoLodge to meet with the man, who in order to take the test drive had to leave a copy of his driver’s license with the salesman. The man said he didn’t know the person who drove off with the pickup because they’d just met at the EconoLodge. What’s more, the man said he’s currently homeless.

The case was forwarded to detectives.

DUI, speeding, etc: Around 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25 an officer clocked a man in a gold car going 50 in the construction zone on Airport Road where the speed limit is 35 mph.

The officer pulled the driver over at the intersection of Airport and Barry McCaffrey roads and asked for driver’s license, insurance and registration.

"While speaking with (the driver), I could smell an odor emitting from (the driver’s) breath that was consistent with the smell of an alcoholic beverage," the officer reported, noting the man had bloodshot eyes and trouble answering questions.

"I asked (the driver) if he had been drinking. At first he stated no. Later on during the investigation he stated repeatedly he had been drinking the night prior. At one point he stated he wasn’t drunk as it was 11 in the morning. This was at about 3 p.m."

Eventually, they got around to a breathalyzer test at HPD. The man blew a .310 and .317. He was arrested.

Assault, battery: A Highway 84 convenience store clerk called police after she was punched in the face by a man because she told him and two others they’d have to pay for a second cup of peanuts. The event allegedly took place around 11:20 p.m. Jan. 20 when the clerk spotted two men and a young woman "attempting to get peanuts by using a second cup."

The clerk said that when she told them they couldn’t do that and would have to pay for the additional peanuts, "the males said they would not pay for the second cup, and began dumping the peanuts back into the dispenser. (The clerk) said that they could not do that, and to leave the store. One of the males made a pretend gun with his hand and stuck it against (the clerk’s) face. She pushed him away, and the male punched her in the face."

The three then left the floor. The woman gave police a description of the car and one of the men, and said security cameras in the store caught the incident and a store manager would be able to provide it to police.

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