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Wrong-Side-of-the-Road Driver Nearly Hits Cop

Charles Jeffery Gayton, 33, allegedly handed over cash instead of his ID during a traffic stop by Bartow County authorities in Cartersville.

A local man accused of nearly striking an unmarked police car while driving on the wrong side of the road allegedly tried to hand over cash instead of his ID during a subsequent traffic stop.

The officer Friday about 3 p.m. spotted the grey Saturn that Charles Jeffery Gayton, 33, of Lewis Drive in Cartersville, was driving on Carson Loop off Cass-White Road near Interstate 75, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, attached.

Gayton allegedly crossed the double-yellow line alongside a white truck. He told authorities he was driving on the wrong side of the road because he was "only talking to his friend" in the truck, according to the report.

After allegedly speeding off, he pulled in a driveway in an effort to avoid being stopped, Gayton allegedly told police. They found a loaded firearm in the car, and discovered Gayton is a convicted felon with a suspended driver's license.

"Due to Charles's behavior, the tools and items in the vehicle, and his constant changing statements, I believed that he had been involved in committing a type of thefts in the area," the officer wrote.

The officer also reported Gayton tried to hand over cash from his wallet when asked for his ID.

"I asked him why he was giving me money instead of his ID card," the report says. "He again stammered and put the money back in and with his hands shaking pulled out a paper copy of a Georgia identification card."

Gayton was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, driving while license withdrawn and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Donna January 13, 2013 at 05:20 AM
It sounds to me like poor Mr Gayton is once again the "victim" here. Surely he must be suffering from some incurable brain disease that made him exhibit this type of behavior. Major symptoms are: nearly striking an unmarked police car while driving on the wrong side of the road, allegedly tried to hand over cash instead of his ID during a subsequent traffic stop, pulling into a drive way in an effort to elude police, and last but certainly not least, having a loaded firearm in his possession, knowing full well he is a convicted felon! Doesn't this just bring a little tear to your eye? Seriously, neighbors and friends, I think Mr Gayton misses his bosom buddies from the Gray Bar Hotel. Well, Mr Gayton, I have a feeling you shall soon be reunited with your buddies...and that brain disease I talked about, it's just a major case of Dumbass!
steve January 13, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Probaly stealing to support a meth habit.
Kim January 13, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Funny stuff, Donna! True, so true...

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