PORTERDALE, Ga. – Porterdale police arrested a 24-year-old man on traffic, drug and gun charges Friday evening after he allegedly failed to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
According to a Porterdale Police Department incident report, Officer Marty Roberts was at the intersection of Hemlock Street and Main Street at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 when he saw two people walking in the crosswalk forced to stop to avoid being hit by a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu being driven by Christopher Alan Little, of Porterdale.
Roberts pulled behind the Malibu and conducted a traffic stop. As he approached the car, Roberts wrote in his report that he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from inside.
“As I was introducing myself to the driver, I could immediately smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle,” he wrote.
Roberts also reportedly noticed a green, leafy substance on a blue backpack on the passenger seat. According to the report, Roberts told Little that he could see and smell the marijuana and asked him to get out of the car.
“Christopher became argumentative and slightly irate,” Roberts reported. “Christopher asked to speak with (Porterdale Police) Chief (Jason) Cripps multiple times.”
Roberts said Little told him that he was not getting out of the car until his mother arrived at the scene.
“Christopher reached towards the middle console at which time I instructed him to see his hands,” Roberts reported. "During our conversation, Christopher advised me that he had a gun in his right side waistband. I advised Christopher to leave the gun where it was at.”
According to the report, when his mother arrived at the scene Little agreed to exit the vehicle. Roberts told Little to place his hands on the vehicle until he could safely remove the weapon.
“Once out of the vehicle, Christopher began to move his body as if he was still trying to adjust something in his waistband,” Roberts said. "As I was removing the firearm from his hip, a Century 9mm, Christopher began to bend down and reach for something at his feet.
“I gave several loud commands for Christopher to stand up. He ignored the commands and continued to bend over at the waist trying to retrieve something from his left ankle. I gave one more strict verbal command for him to stand up and put his hands on top of the car and he complied. Christopher began to fidget, shaking his left leg when I observed a second black handgun, a Glock 42, fall out of his left pants leg.”
According to the report, Little told Roberts that he had a concealed carry permit but Roberts was unable to locate it. Both weapons were loaded and had a round chambered. Cripps and deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene to provide back-up and both weapons were secured and Little was placed in handcuffs.
When Roberts checked the blue backpack he reportedly found a smaller, black Adidas bag with a small container containing a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana balled up the size of a golf ball, a gold grinder and a small zip-lock bag of pennies.
According to the report, Roberts also found a small black box labeled “Shadow of War” that contained several zip-lock bags containing a clear, crystal rock substance along with a baggie with a blue powder substance, a baggie with three small pieces of a clear/brown rock substance, a baggie containing five small, round, yellow pills labeled 5/751 along with several empty clear baggies and a clear glass pipe.
Police also reportedly found 20 Q-tips, four glass pipes that contained burnt residue, a baggie tied in a knot that contained suspected marijuana, a black digital scale, several lighters, a box of rolling papers and a box labeled “Happy Valentine’s Glass Rose" that contained a glass pipe with a bulb style end that also contained a burnt residue substance.
Little was transported to the Newton County Jail charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce, manufactured substance in drug free commercial zone, failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, possession of drug-related objects, possession of a firearm during a crime, carrying a concealed firearm, prescribed drugs not in original container, obstruction of an officer, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.