The man, later identified as Jeffery Townsend according to the incident report, rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle into the middle of a Cartersville police traffic stop on Ga. Highway 411 near the Marathon gas station. When the Cartersville officer asked Townsend to back his motorcycle up, Townsend asked what the problem was. After being told it was a traffic stop, Townsend said his girlfriend was the violator.
As the officer talked to Townsend, he noticed the man was shaking and he appeared to be nervous. Meanwhile, the woman in the car was reportedly yelling for Townsend to help her. That was when the officer noticed a large “Rambo-style” knife attached to the motorcycle’s handlebars, according to the report.
The officer asked Townsend to step off his motorcycle and asked for permission to pat him down for weapons. Townsend consented and then told the officer he had a knife in his right front pocket. When the officer asked for permission to get it, Townsend began to shake and his right hand quickly went to the pocket, according to the report. As the officer pulled the knife out, a clear plastic baggie containing a white, crystal-like substance was reportedly found. The officer suspected it was methamphetamine.
Townsend was arrested and charged with possession of meth. He was transported to the Cartersville Police Department for processing and later taken to the Bartow County Jail.
Civilians detain intoxicated woman before arrest
A group of civilians held down an intoxicated woman so she could not strike her child Thursday night on Sugar Valley Road.
According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, dispatch told the responding deputy that several civilians had detained the suspect until he could arrive on scene. Once at the gas station, the deputy placed the woman, later identified as Susan Lynch, in the back seat of his patrol vehicle due to her reported aggressive behavior and high level of intoxication.
A witness said she saw Lynch walking into the store while allegedly dragging a child by the arm. She also said she could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Lynch. According to the report, the witness waited outside the store to see if Lynch was going to try to get into a car and drive off. When she saw Lynch come out of the store, she said Lynch took her purse, swung it at the child and allegedly struck her in the face. Then Lynch reportedly tried to get into a vehicle that was not hers.
The witness said she then tried to talk to Lynch and attempted to take the girl away from her so she would not be hit again. Lynch allegedly became irate and attempted to attack the witness. Other people on scene then intervened and placed Lynch on the ground until the deputy arrived, according to the report.
The deputy’s attempt to speak with Lynch about the incident was unsuccessful due to her intoxication.
Since the deputy could not contact anyone at the Division of Family and Children Services, the child was released to a caretaker at the scene.
While being transported to the Bartow County Jail, Lynch reportedly banged her head against the partition in the patrol vehicle and then later kicked at the metal screen on the passenger-side window. However, she was removed from the vehicle without incident once she arrived at the jail.
No damage was done to the patrol vehicle.