The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Intoxicated man falls asleep in
A Martinez man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he passed out in the drive-through line of a fast food restaurant.
Timothy Hayes, 22, was charged with driving under the influence and obstruction of law enforcement.
A deputy was in the drive-through line at McDonald’s at 4264 Washington Road in Evans at about 2:30 a.m., behind a Toyota that had stopped moving. The deputy approached the Toyota and found the driver’s side window rolled all the way down and the driver, Hayes, asleep in the drivers seat. The deputy woke Hayes and asked him to pull into a parking space.
When the deputy approached the car again, he said Hayes rolled the window up leaving a 5-inch opening. When asked for his license, Hayes asked if he was being detained. The deputy could smell alcohol on Hayes’ breath and asked him to step out of the car, but he refused and said he didn’t have to talk to police. The deputy said he was conducting a DUI investigation and again asked Hayes to get out of the car, he again refused.
Hayes said he would exercise his Fifth Amendment right and not talk to the deputy. He then rolled the window up leaving only an open crack.
When a supervisor arrived, Hayes was repeatedly asked to get out, but he continued to say he was not getting out and covered his mouth with his hand when he talked.
A deputy used a lock-out kit to unlock the passenger side door of Hayes’ vehicle. He then got out on his own and was arrested.
Hayes was released from the Columbia County Detention Center later that day after posting a $6,200 bond, according to jailers.
Women receive threatening messages
Two Martinez women told deputies Tuesday that they received threatening text messages.
A 66-year-old woman said she received a text message from a 478 area code threatening her life stating “hey you, you better get back in touch with me before 24 hours, your lifes at stake.” A second message called her by name and asked her to text back. The woman texted back asking “who r u?” and received a last message that read, “im the assassin hired to kill u.”
Another woman called police a few hours later to report she’d received similar messages. The 59-year-old woman said she received the same message demanding a response and responded by saying she’d let law enforcement handle the matter. The messages continued. The woman said she then got a message that read, “my men are all over there now with there Barrett M82 Sniper Rifle, waiting for the last order.” The woman said she inadvertently called the number and immediately received a text that read, “Yes?”
A deputy called the number and waited for a return call. He then called again and left a message to have no more contact with the woman.
Woman finds hidden camera in home
A Martinez woman said Monday that she found a camera hidden in her home.
The 43-year-old woman said she was having her home air conditioning system service. She said the technician alerted her that there was a camera surveillance system in one of the air vents. The camera was positioned to provide a clear view of the living room, kitchen and entryway. The camera was attached to a transmitter/recorder and some wireless transmission device to allow for remote surveillance and possibly the ability to electronically eavesdrop on e-mails and other electronic communications.
The woman said she’s been through a highly contentious divorce and believes her husband installed the camera to electronically “stalk” her.
Metal stolen from college welding class
A welding teacher told authorities Monday that someone stole scrap metal from Augusta Technical College’s Grovetown campus.
The instructor said that between Aug. 7 and Monday, someone stole $2,300 worth of scrap metal used for the class.
He said 40 10-foot-long pieces of metal were taken from a container inside a locked fence. Some was in a container outside the gated area.
The total amount of metal stolen was 1,500 pounds.