An Evans woman was charged Tuesday with falsely accusing a deputy of raping her during a weekend traffic stop.
Kelsey Alane Long, 23, of Evans, was charged with making a false report of a crime, possession of a Schedule III drug, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction and several traffic charges. She’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Long told a deputy taking her complaint at the Georgia Regents Medical Center early Sunday that a deputy raped her in the front yard of a Martinez home at about 2:30 a.m. during a traffic stop. The deputy taking her complaint told Long that making a false report of a crime was a felony, but she wanted to file the report anyway, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Deputy Justin John James Hodges, 22, and another deputy responded to Miramar Drive at about 2:10 a.m. after someone complained that eggs were being thrown from a gray or light blue car at homes and other cars. The deputies said they stopped the gray BMW that Long was driving. During the stop, Hodges cited Long for driving on a suspended license, no insurance and suspended registration. Deputies also found various narcotics on her person and that of her male passenger.
As Long was being arrested, she broke free and ran. After a short chase, Hodges tackled Long in the front yard of a nearby home, according to the report. As Hodges and the other deputy tried to handcuff her, Long continued thrashing, pulling on their microphone cords and grabbing at their ammunition magazines, they said.
Long then asked to talk to a supervisor because, she said, Hodges raped her, according to the report. In a written statement, the other deputy said Long ran, Hodges tackled her and he didn’t see Hodges touch her inappropriately.
Long’s passenger, who watched from the nearby car, also told authorities that he didn’t see Long being raped. The passenger wasn’t charged.
The deputy taking Long’s complaint at the hospital, where a rape test was performed, determined that Hodges took no inappropriate action. The entire incident from when Long ran from deputies until she was handcuffed took only 30 to 45 seconds.
Morris said he expects at least six or eight weeks before the test results are available from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.