A 19-year-old and 20-year-old were lucky to be taken away in a patrol car and not in an ambulance after the two crashed in the Georgia International Horse Park after racing their cars at speeds of more than 80 miles an hour.
Demario Stephens, 20, of Conyers, and Lee-Michael Ottremari, 19, of Conyers had reportedly just bought their Honda vehicles and were racing shortly before midight on Monday, March 10, to see "whose vehicle was the fastest."
According to a Conyers Police Department report, "Stephens stated they had raced on Centennial Olympic Parkway numerous times before the accident occured."
Stephens, who was driving a red Honda, reportedly lost the first match. In the second match, Stephens told officers he was in the lead before the lanes merged. As the lanes merged, the rear bumper of the red Honda came into contact with the front bumper of the black Honda, being driven by Ottremari.
The drivers lost control of the two vehicles, which crossed lanes. The red Honda ended up in the eastbound lane embankement and the black Honda, which was on fire when officers arrived, ended up in the westbound lane embankment. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. The drivers reportedly refused medical attention and were taken to Rockdale County jail.
Stephens was issued citations for recless driving, racing, speeding, failure to maintain lane and expired license.
Ottremari was charged with recless driving.
Spinning his wheels
A Covington man was arrested after he allegedly drove drunk with an open bottle of whisky in the truck and tried to make his passenger switch seats with him.
Around 1 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy noticed a Ford truck spinning its wheels at a red traffic light on Salem Road and Wall Street. "As the light turned green the truck continued to spin tires causing the rear end to fishtail in the roadway," wrote the reporting deputy.
The deputy pulled the truck over for a traffic stop in the Ingles parking lot. When th edeputy came to the driver's side, a 19-uear-old white female was in the driver's seat. However, as she was taken outside for questioning, she otld the deputy "she was not going to get in trouble for this and stated that... the male in the passenger seat, made her switch seats with him when they pulled into the Ingles parking lot."
The male passenger, Shane Seabold, 24, of Covington, admitted to switching seats. He reportedly was on probation for burglary and "did not want a DUI on his record."
During field sobriety testing, Seabold reportedly lost his balance during the instructions, missed steps on the walk and turn, and swayed on the one leg stand.
An open bottle of whisky was in reportedly found in the passenger side door and a 12-pack of Bud Light beer had several beers missing was also in the truck.
Seabold was booked into Rockdale County jail, where he blew a 0.105 and 0.108. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. He was charged for Driving Under the Influence, Open Container, and Laying Drags.
Hit and Run
A 36-year-old Conyers woman was caught after she reportedly hit an SUV in front of a Rockdale deputy and reportedly attempted to flee the crash site.
Juliet Omotoso, 37, of Conyers was reportedly driving a 2007 Nissan Armada on Flat Shoals road when she hit a 2003 Nissan Murano driven by a 36-year-old Conyers man. The vehicle right behind the Murano was a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle and a deputy who witnessed the crash.
Omotoso then reportedly continued driving after the collision. The deputy caught up with her and found her stopped at the red light at Old Salem Road and Flat Shoals and pulled her over.
"When I approached her window, Ms. Omotoso immediately started saying the accident was the other vehicle's fault," wrote the reporting deputy.
"I informed her I witnessed the collision and that in was her fault. I then informed her regardless of fault she is required to stop and exhange information by law."
Omotoso reportedly said she didn't stop because she was on her way to pick up her kids, who were at a daycare. She was unclear where the daycare was located, and there was a reported language barrier.
She was charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident and failure to maintain lane.