Two men were arrested early Monday morning after one pulled his vehicle out in front of a Covington Police patrol car, causing the officer to brake quickly to keep from hitting their vehicle with his car.
Around 12:55 a.m., an officer was driving on Turner Lake Road when a vehicle exited the shopping center where Five O’clock Somewhere is located rapidly, heading toward U.S. Highway 278. According to the officer’s reports, the driver of the vehicle left the roadway when turning onto 278 and scrapped his vehicle’s back tire on the curb. The car was stopped in front of Dairy Queen.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Gary Taylor, allegedly had bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils and when asked where he was coming from, said that he had been at the bar. When asked how much he’d had to drink he reportedly told the officer four beers. While he performed sobriety test — which he subsequently failed — the officer noticed the passenger in the truck moving around quite a bit. The passenger, identified as Gary Hawkins, appeared to be putting something into his pocket.
The officer also noticed the vehicle had a large amount of tools inside and a large toolbox on the back. When they began an inventory of the vehicle, they reportedly found a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine and digital scales in the console. Two plastic bags with suspected meth inside were also allegedly found in a container on the visor of the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Both men were arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center. Taylor was arrested for DUI — refusal, possession of meth, possession of drug-related objects and failure to maintain lane. Hawkins was charged with possession of math and possession of drug-related objects.