An anonymous caller informed the Covington Police Department that Tabatha Jones, who had warrants out for her in Newton County, and a man named David were staying at the Quality Inn on Ga. Highway 142. The caller also advised that a possibly stolen blue Ford Explorer was parked outside the hotel room.
After a CPD officer had arrived on scene, a man exited the hotel room. After a short exchange, the man, later identified as David Ewing, came down to the officer. The officer asked if anyone else was in the room, to which Ewing reportedly said yes, a woman named Bridgette Jones.
CPD Officer Gene Nuqui then arrived on scene and made contact with the female inside the room. As he approached the room, he reportedly saw the woman with her head under sheet. Once he had announced his presence, the woman revealed herself.
She too said her name was Bridgette Jones and gave Nuqui permission to search the room. As he picked up a purse on a table, she reportedly said the item was hers, but that there might be documents belonging to her sister Tabatha Jones.
CPD Officer Asher Dozier then arrived and advised that he was familiar with Bridgette Jones and that the woman in the hotel room was not her. The woman then admitted she was Tabatha Jones.
A further search of the room revealed a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine hidden under the mattress.
Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine and giving a false name to an officer. Ewing was charged with possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of an officer.