Man arrested for DUI with child in the back of the vehicle

Published 8:02 pm Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mrunalkumar Patel, 30, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol while a child was in the back seat of his vehicle on Hamilton Road Sunday around 12:15 a.m.

According to the police report, an officer was patrolling New Franklin Road when he noticed a car traveling at 5 mph. The vehicle started going over its lane and across the centerline multiple times before turning on Hamilton Road.

The officer then stopped the vehicle. According to the police report, when the officer walked up to the vehicle, he saw a child laying in the back seat without a child safety seat or seat belt.

The officer could smell alcohol from Patel’s breath and had him step out of his vehicle. According to the police report, Patel was unsteady on his feet and said he had consumed two beers.

Patel consented to and failed sobriety tests. According to the police report, his blood alcohol content was .100.

Patel is charged with driving under the influence, endangering a child by DUI under 14 years of age and failure to use child restraint device.

Multiple injuries occur after vehicle pulls into traffic

Multiple people were injured after two vehicles collided on Commerce Avenue Saturday before 4:35 p.m. According to the police report, a vehicle attempted to cross multiple lanes of traffic and was struck by another passing vehicle.

An officer noticed the driver of the vehicle that pulled out was pinned in her vehicle and the front seat passenger was bleeding from his head. The driver told police she was pulling out of the Harbor Freight parking lot and that a car in the outside lane of traffic stopped for her to pull out. When she reached the inside lane, she was struck by another vehicle.

The driver was later discovered to have sustained multiple fractures to her spine and pelvis and was to be transported to an Atlanta hospital, according to the police report.

The driver of the second vehicle told police she did not see the other vehicle until they were hit. A passenger in the front seat said they were injured and requested to be taken to the hospital, according to the police report.

The officer determined the first driver to be at fault and cited her with failure to yield while turning left.

Man arrested for fleeing from police, possessing stolen gun

Tadarious McCutcheon, 19, was arrested after running from LaGrange Police officers on Thursday after 1 p. m. when it was discovered that he allegedly had a stolen gun.

According to the police report, an officer noticed two suspicious men walking by the Dollar General, and that one man possibly had a gun on his person on Colquitt Street. While checking the area, an officer found two men who matched the description given at the 300 block of Carver Street.

The officer started talking to the two men, and they said they never entered the Dollar General. The officer noticed McCutcheon acting nervously and tried to leave, according to the police report. The officer noticed a large item was in McCutcheon’s pocket. He continued walking away from the officer toward McCall Street when another member of law enforcement tried to contact him.

McCutcheon then started running and police ran after him from Carver Street, to Brown Street and then to McCall Street. According to the police report, he was then captured by police in the fields behind Carver Street.

While searching the area, officers found a Bersa Thunder .380, which was reported stolen through the West Point Police Department and gloves that McCutcheon had thrown on the street, according to the police report.

McCutcheon was charged with theft by receiving, carrying concealed weapon without a permit, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, obstruction of officer, tampering with evidence and six counts of participation in a criminal street gang, according to the Troup County Jail arrest and release records.

Bullets and knife discovered outside Goodwill

A Goodwill employee allegedly discovered 91 miscellaneous bullets and a folding knife in a bin at the store on Commerce Avenue Saturday around 3 p.m. According to the police report, the items were secured by the LaGrange Police Department.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. Reach the LaGrange Daily News at (706) 884-7311.