COVINGTON, Ga. – A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) HEAT (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) unit arrested a wanted Covington man Tuesday evening after seeing him disregard traffic barricades near the jail.
According to the NCSO incident report, Cpl. Jacob Rice was on routine patrol Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 142 and Alcovy Road when he spotted a black Ford Ranger driving through the closed off turning lane to bypass traffic. The lane was reportedly clearly marked and blocked with orange construction barrels due to road construction.
According to the report, the vehicle drove around the cones into the closed down lane and made a right turn onto Highway 142. Rice reportedly initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Dartagnan Perry, 46. According to the report, Perry provided his name and date of birth which was checked and returned with a warrant out of Newton County for probation violation and a suspended driver’s license.
According to the report, Perry was transported to the Newton County Jail charged with suspended license and failure to obey traffic control devices.