COVINGTON, Ga. – A Clayton County man and Covington woman were arrested Friday morning after police conducting a welfare check found drugs and a gun in the truck they were sleeping in.
According to a Covington Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the Exxon gas station at 9123 Highway 278 shortly after 11 a.m. Oct. 27 and found the pair leaning on each other, slumped over and asleep inside a 1991 GMC 1500 pick-up with the driver’s door open.
When Officer Brandon Wilkerson woke the driver, identified as 37-year-old Tony Perry, and asked him to step out of the truck, Perry complied and closed the door before taking off running. According to the report, Wilkerson gave chase and drew his Taser. After a short chase, Perry complied with Wilkerson’s orders to get on the ground and was handcuffed.
While he was searching Perry, Wilkerson retrieved a white sock from the front pocket of Perry’s hoodie that reportedly had a meth pipe with methamphetamine residue in it. Perry also returned with an outstanding warrant for auto theft out of Atlanta. He was placed in Wilkerson’s patrol car
Officer Julie English searched the female, identified as 24-year-old Haley Hussey and placed her in a patrol car so she could assist with a search of the truck.
On the driver’s side area inside the truck, Wilkerson located a black Highpoint 9mm handgun with a Promag extended magazine. The magazine was loaded with 14 9mm rounds and three .32 auto rounds.
Officers also found a black book bag containing men’s toiletry items and a brown Jones New York hard case. Inside the case were three syringes and a black bag that was rolled up and tied. The black bag reportedly contained white powder.
Also in the book bag, officers found two scales with white residue on them, two .32 Auto Speer bullets and a Magtech 9mm ammo box that had 36 rounds inside it.
In the bed of the truck inside a plastic container, officers found a woman’s purse. Inside the purse was a Social Security card that did not belong to either Perry or Hussey, three books of USPS tracking numbers, one USPS tracking number, a clear plastic tube with two green seeds inside it and a 20 ounce soft drink bottle containing a brown liquid.
Officers also found a suitcase in the bed of the truck containing documents that were in a trailer stolen from outside a Covington business earlier this year.
Perry was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug related objects, obstruction of officer, theft by receiving, driving on a suspended license and no insurance.
Hussey was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug related objects.
Both Perry and Hussey were transported to the newton County Law Enforcement Center without incident.