Traffic stops lead to multiple charges for two men

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 3:31pm
By: Ben Nelms

A Fayetteville man faced multiple charges early Sunday morning after running a red light at Ga. Highway 85 and Jeff Davis Drive while talking on his cell phone.

Vincent Houston, 45, was charged with DUI alcohol, carrying a concealed weapon, open container and a red light violation, according to Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw.

Crawshaw said the incident occurred at approximately 1:10 a.m. when Houston ran a stop light while talking on his phone, causing a traffic accident with no injuries. While speaking with Houston at the scene, officers smelled alcohol on his breath and described his eyes as being red and glassy, reports said. Houston failed a field sobriety test and was arrested, Crawshaw said.

During a pat-down search, officers found a switchblade and, while searching the vehicle, found an open container and a .45 caliber handgun under the front seat, Crawshaw said.

Another traffic stop last week resulted in the discovery of a handgun with the serial number filed off. A vehicle driven by William Sims, 25, of Riverdale, was stopped after officers saw a young child in the lap of a woman in the front passenger seat, said Crawshaw.

Arriving at the scene, a K-9 unit alerted for the presence of drugs, Crawshaw said. Though no drugs were found, a search of the vehicle produced a .45 caliber handgun under the driver’s seat with the serial number filed down, Crawshaw said. Sims told police he had purchased the gun from a friend, according to Crawshaw.

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Submitted by redrooster on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 7:35am.

Sorry but if neither of these people were convicted felons the the 2nd amendment is their concealed carry permit.
The permit that the state issues is just a revenue generator.
Instead of making law abiding citizens go through the hassle of obtaining a permit a convicted felon should have "FELON" in red stamped across their drivers license or ID but then the county and state would loose their slush fund and some do good organization would sue even though most crimes are committed by repeat offenders.
The DUI guy, DA! Off to the clink.
Mr. Sims should have been given a seat belt ticket (another scam) and sent on his way.

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