Allegedly Drunk-Driving Firefighter Jailed After Affair Accusation, Man Naps in Median in Crazy Crime

Cartersville and Bartow County police reports chronicle some weird crime stories, which include a couple jailed after allegedly trying to cash a fake check at a local store.

A few police reports chronicling crazy crime stories in Cartersville and Bartow County in the last day or so caught our eyes at Cartersville Patch. Here are the stories:

Allegedly Drunk-Driving Firefighter Accuses Coworker of Affair

A Bartow County firefighter who accused a coworker of having an affair with his wife was jailed on drunk-driving and terroristic threat charges following a Sunday incident.

Garry Shaun Roberson, 34, of Taylorsville, a Bartow County Fire Department employee, allegedly called his coworker, a 31-year-old firefighter from Cartersville, about 8:30 p.m., saying he on his way to Station 1 and adding, "I'm gonna stomp the [expletive] outta your ass," according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office report attached.

The firefighter said he had received several voice mails from Roberson, who was rambling about the affair with slurred speech and appeared to be intoxicated.

Roberson pulled into Station 1 on Highway 20, but "abruptly left" when he spotted a deputy and firefighters talking in the parking lot. Authorities caught up with Roberson in the parking lot of Cartersville Medical Center, where he was sitting in his vehicle, according to deputies.

Roberson, who admitted he had been drinking, gave a roadside breath sample that registered .122 at 9:25 p.m. His blood-alcohol level shortly after 10 p.m., according to state-administered tests at the jail, was .116 or .117. 

'Man Down' Actually Man Napping in Median

A call about a "man down" near Walmart on Sunday resulted in the arrest of a man wanted on traffic and probation violation charges.

An anonymous caller reported about 6:20 p.m. the man was lying partly in the roadway and was unresponsive, according to the BCSO incident report, attached.

Emergency medical crews arose Edwin Ray Cook, 47, of Highway 20 in Cartersville, who said that "he had just decided to take a nap on the dirt patch in the median between the Walmart parking lot and Market Place Boulevard," according to the report.

Cook smelled of alcohol, but said he had not had anything to drink. After his breath registered .178, Cook admitted to drinking one beer. 

Wanted on a probation violation in Cedartown and on DUI and bicycle traffic charges by the Georgia State Patrol, Cook was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

Police: Couple in Stolen Car Tries to Cash Fake Check

A couple in a stolen car accused of trying to cash a counterfeit check Sunday at a Cartersville store had other fake checks in their possession.

Gary Dejuan Higdon, 25, of Ft. Payne, AL, tried to cash an allegedly fake check about 2:30 p.m. at Short Trip, 165 Cassville Road, according to the Cartersville Police Department incident report, attached.

An employee, who said the store had received several similar counterfeit checks, called police, who also arrested the passenger in Higdon's car.

Jacqueline Suzanne Thomason, 34, of Young Street in Cartersville, was arrested after police allegedly found another fake check in her pocket and a third in the car, which had been reported stolen in Fort Payne.

Higdon was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and two counts of fourth-degree forgery. Thomason faces one count of fourth-degree forgery, a misdemeanor.

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