Man charged with hit-and-run DUI

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 21, 2015

Public safety reports

Staff report

A 58-year-old LaGrange man was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly hit a truck Friday afternoon.

According to a police report, a woman was eastbound on Hogansville Road in a 1994 Toyota pickup truck when she slowed down to turn and the vehicle was struck by a car. One of the occupants was examined on scene by EMS for a knot on her head, but refused treatment.

The occupants didn’t initially realize what had happened, but a witness told an officer he tracked down the vehicle that hit the truck and directed the officer to a home in the 100 block of Whitaker Street. The officer found a silver Pontiac Grand Prix with damage matching the wreck and spoke to occupants of the house, which led to officers identifying James Henry Morgan III as the driver.

Officers said Morgan appeared intoxicated and gave several conflicting stories of how much he had to drink and when. A portable breath test showed he had a 0.193 percent blood alcohol content, according to a report. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Morgan was charged with two counts of DUI, following too closely and leaving the scene of an accident.

Inmate reported caught with pot

A Troup County inmate was allegedly caught trying to smoke weed during a work detail at the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter on Saturday.

Animal Control supervisor Chris Bussey told officers that he saw correctional institute inmate Desron Deshawn Young, 32, attempt to roll a joint while standing in a utility area. Young allegedly flicked the weed to the ground when Bussey confronted him.

Bussey said he had smelled marijuana all morning while inmates were at the shelter, but wasn’t sure where it was coming from until the incident. The reporting officer searched all the inmates at the shelter and said he found several plastic bags and rolling papers hidden in the lining of Young’s jacket.

The officer and Bussey also found a bag containing suspected pot inside a trash while searching around the utility area where Young was spotted. A security camera also shows Young placing the suspected drug inside the trash can, according to the report.

Young was charged with possession of marijuana by an inmate, a felony.

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