Newnan Officer Arrests Three Disorderly People
An officer arrested two men and a woman Sunday after they refused to obey his commands and attempted to fight him.
Around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Officer Edward Lee with the Newnan Police Department responded to a noise complaint at 28 South St. According to a police report, Lee arrived to find a group of people drinking outside and listening to loud music coming from a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck.
Lee issued a warning to the homeowner, Zintia Martinez Bell, 42, on his first visit, but was called back to the address for a noise complaint a second time. On the second arrival, Lee said he could hear music coming from the truck from a distance of more than 100 feet. As he approached the home, the man in the driver’s seat of the truck, Carlos Delacruz-Zorrilla, 30, turned the music down.
However, when Lee began to talk to Bell, who was sitting outside in a chair, about the music, Delacruz-Zorrilla turned the music back up. According to his report, Lee waited 10 seconds to see if Delacruz-Zorrilla would turn the music down again, but he did not. Delacruz-Zorrilla told Lee they were just drinking and talking, and Lee told Delacruz-Zorrilla he was under arrest, got him out of the truck and placed him in handcuffs.
Lee also told Bell she was under arrest for not complying with his prior warning. Bell refused to stand up when Lee asked her, and after several refusals, Lee grabbed her by the arm and pulled her out of her chair.
While Lee was handcuffing Bell, a second man, Luis Miguel Martinez, 32, grabbed Lee’s arm and started to fight him. Lee took Martinez to the ground and ordered him to place his hands behind his back. Martinez curled up into a ball lying on his arm and refused to do so, though, and after a few commands, Lee used his stun gun to drive-stun Martinez. After one more refusal and a second drive-stun, Martinez gave Lee his arm and was placed in handcuffs.
Lee asked all three if the possessed any weapons, drugs or pointed objects and they all replied they did not. According to his report, Lee and assisting officer Kyle Campbell searched the two men but did not search Bell because it was obvious she had no large weapons by the tightness of her clothes. Lee transported the three to the Coweta County jail.
At the jail, the three were searched again, and a small plastic bag containing suspected powdered cocaine was found in one of Martinez’s pockets. All three were charged with disorderly conduct, and Martinez was additionally charged with obstruction of justice, possession of cocaine and crossing a guard line with illegal drugs.