Newnan traffic stop ends in arrest

Woman charged with possession of meth

by Wes Mayer

Two people were arrested, with one hit with an electrical stun gun, in downtown Newnan early Monday after police officers pulled over a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Jackson Street.

Around 12:35 a.m., Newnan Police Department Officers Scott Kilgore, Anthony Grant and Lt. Roy Jordan were dispatched to Jefferson Street to check on a gold Audi following a red Hyundai. According to Kilgore’s police report, 911 received a call from a person in the Hyundai complaining the Audi had been following them from I-85. The caller in the Hyundai told dispatchers they would drive to the Newnan Police Department to meet with officers, but Officer Joseph Castro never located the vehicle there.

Jordan, however, found and pulled over the Audi, which was traveling northbound on Jackson Street, at the intersection of Clark Street, Kilgore stated in an incident report. Officers approached the car and identified the driver as William Bernard Platz III, 37, and the passenger as Michelle Elizabeth Clark, 36, who had a violation of probation arrest warrant — for an original possession of methamphetamine charge out of Bartow County.

According to Kilgore, officers asked Clark multiple times to step out of the vehicle, and when she finally did and Grant began to place her in handcuffs, she pulled away and started running. Officers commanded her to stop resisting, and Kilgore fired the barbs of his electric stun gun at her, striking her in the back.

Clark was taken into custody at that time, and Sgt. Patricia Ayers arrived on the scene and treated her wounds from the barbs. Officers then asked Platz to step out of the vehicle. Platz appeared confused, distracted and spoke quickly, according to Kilgore. Platz told officers he had taken some Adderall prescribed to him, and added he did not have any illegal narcotics in his possession, Kilgore said. When officers asked Platz if they could search the vehicle, he said he was afraid they would plant drugs in his car, Kilgore reported.

Kilgore placed Platz under arrest for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and officers performed an inventory of the vehicle while waiting for it to be towed, Kilgore reported. Inside the glove compartment on the passenger’s side, officers found a brown bag containing six bags of suspected methamphetamine, scales, a glass pipe, a spoon and a hypodermic needle. Clark claimed possession of the bag and its contents.

Both Clark and Platz were transported to the Coweta County Jail, and there, Clark further explained the methamphetamine was hers, Kilgore said. She said she was both using and selling it — and Platz did not know about the drugs, Kilgore reported.

Clark was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug-related objects, felony obstruction of an officer, and for the violation of probation charge out of Bartow County. Platz was only charged with driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

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