A traffic stop on a teen driver after failing to stop at a stop sign, resulted in his arrest on felony charges, including possession of ecstasy and firearm.
According to a LaGrange Police report, Officer Samuel Ham was patrolling in the 1100 block of Lafayette Parkway at 9:30 p.m Wednesday, when he observed a white Honda pull off Greenville Street onto Lafayette pkwy and failed to stop at the stop sign. Ham initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and watched the driver, later identified as KeAndre Sanford, 17, of LaGrange, make an abrupt turn onto Short Street and come to a stop. The tag on the vehicle came back to a red Chevy Corsica.
When Ham approached the driver’s door, he observed three occupants in the vehicle. Ham observed that Sanford displayed nervous behavior and asked him for his identification, in which Sanford said he did not have any. Ham later advised Sanford that the tag on his car did not register to the vehicle, and Sanford stated that he put the tag on his car because he did not have a chance to register his car, the report says.
Ham asked the occupants to step from the car, and when they did, he allegedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Sanford gave consent to search and Ham did not locate any drugs. A black Davis Industries 22 Magnum pistol, however, was located in the center console of the vehicle along with 8 rounds of 22 Magnum ammo. Sanford was detained in handcuffs based on an earlier statement that he was under 18 years old and had no form of ID.
Once detained, Sanford allegedly made a statement that he had drugs hidden in his hat. A small bag containing approximately two grams of a substance believed to be ecstasy was allegedly found in the hat.
The passengers of the vehicle denied any knowledge of the weapon or drugs.
Sanford was transported to the Troup County Jail to be charged with possession of ecstasy, possession of a firearm while possessing a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a person under 18 years old, driving while unlicensed, driving an unregistered vehicle, affixing a license plate to a vehicle to misrepresent the registration and stop sign violation.