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Posted: March 25, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Drunk driver tosses beer out of car while chased

Two people were arrested trying to avoid deputies after catching their attention for lack of seatbelts early Saturday morning.

Deputies from the NCSO were on patrol when they noticed a blue Ford Thunderbird at the stop sign at Dixie Road. The deputies noticed the driver wasn't wearing his seatbelt and turned around to stop the vehicle but the driver was already gone.

The deputy continued driving and found the vehicle once more at a set of duplexes on South Johnson Street but once again, the driver eluded him. At 3:18 a.m. the deputies were called to a possible entered auto. The complainant reportedly told him the same car he had been seeing around the area had pulled up to her residence and then left in a hurry. The deputy concluded the vehicle had turned into her driveway to avoid his attention and not to burglarize her vehicle.

Other deputies joined the hunt and the vehicle was finally spotted again going through the intersection of Ga. Highway 142 and 11. When a deputy ran a check of the car's plates, he found that it had an improper license plate. Instead of being for the Ford it was registered to a 1996 Chevrolet which was enough for the deputy to activate his lights and attempt to pull the driver over.

The driver reportedly ignored the lights and continued traveling west on Dixie Road, and when deputies pulled onto the road they allegedly began to smell alcohol in the air, making deputies believe the occupants of the Ford had tossed alcohol out of the car.

Deputies continued following the vehicle, going approximately 60 m.p.h. The car came to a stop on the side of a home on Brookwood Drive and the driver jumped out of his car and began to flee. One deputy began chasing the driver while the other deputy took control of the passenger, identified as 41-year-old Martha Faye Holloway, and placed her in the back of a patrol car. The other deputy was able to catch the driver, later identified as 52-year-old Horace Horton, and brought him back to the patrol cars as well.

The vehicle was registered to someone other than Horton or Holloway. And Horton initially told deputies his name was Rickey Horton. However the passenger allegedly told deputies his correct name. The driver reportedly insisted his name was Rickey until he was informed that he could face additional charges for forgery; he then admitted his name was Horace. When asked if he had been drinking, he allegedly admitted to deputies that he had.

One of the deputies went back to the intersection where it was believed the occupants of the car tossed alcohol and reportedly found "a cold, frosty 24-ounce car of Natural Light beer in the ditch" approximately 100-feet from the highway.

Horton and Holloway were both transported to the Newton County Detention Center where Horton was charged with obstruction of an officer, giving false information to an officer, DUI, fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, driving while license was suspended and improper license plate. Holloway was charged with littering and open container.

Suspicious loitering
A suspicious vehicle travelling in a parking lot late Sunday night caught the attention of a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy, who ended up arresting two men for loitering and prowling.

According to reports, a deputy was on patrol in the area of Golden Rule Automotive noticed a blue Honda turn into the parking lot of the business and begin driving around slowly after turning off its lights.

When he made contact with the driver, identified as Timothy Deon Belyea, and his passenger Alonza Canell Tuck, and asked what they were doing, the two appeared nervous, according to reports, and both allegedly began talking, each giving a different story.

When asked why he was driving slowly through the parking lot with no lights on, Belyea reportedly appeared confused and wouldn't give the deputy a straight answer and reportedly kept saying "I'm just trying to get home, man." Dispatchers reported he had a suspended license and a warrant out of Henry County.

Tuck also appeared confused, according to reports, and changed his story from meeting friends to just "driving around town."

Both men were placed under arrest and charged with loitering and prowling. Belyea was additionally charged with driving on a suspended license. Both were transported to the Newton County Detention Center.

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