MOULTRIE — Moultrie police charged the driver and passenger of a car with alcohol violations Wednesday night, and while the driver was being booked into the jail, she allegedly struck the arresting officer.

Matthew Riser, 49, of 700 River St. in Valdosta, was charged with an open container violation. Ladeardre Ann Woods, 28, of 1957 Sylvester Highway, Lot 40, was charged with obstruction, DUI, three counts of DUI child endangerment, brake lights required and a child restraint violation.

A Moultrie police officer on patrol was behind a Dodge Caravan on First Street Northwest when the two vehicles came to the Old Doerun Road intersection at 10:03 p.m. Wednesday. When the Caravan driver, later identified as Woods, hit the brake pedal, the officer noticed the van did not have working brake lights and pulled it over a short distance away.

The officer reported that when he got out to speak with Woods, he immediately smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The officer did a field breath alcohol test and allegedly found the presence of alcohol, and Woods was placed under arrest after a brief struggle.

A search of the Caravan allegedly turned up a can of Colt 45 beer in the passenger back seat. A passenger, identified as Riser, allegedly admitted the beer was his, and he was also placed under arrest. Both Riser and Woods were taken to Colquitt County Jail, and a licensed driver arrived to take the Caravan and three juveniles inside the van from the scene.

While at the jail, Woods allegedly became irate as the officer was trying to take the handcuffs off her wrists. She allegedly began to struggle with the officer but was put into a holding cell with the help of Colquitt County sheriff’s detention officers.

As the officer took Woods’ handcuffs off her, she allegedly turned around and hit him in the face then tried to grab his throat, scratching his neck. The detention officers grabbed Woods and put her back into the holding cell until she was able to complete the booking process.


Moultrie Police

• Leonard Martin Blaxton, 52, of 197 Perry Road, was charged Wednesday with DUI (second offense), driving with a suspended license (second offense) and probation violation.

• Amber Dora Curry, 18, of 8625 Spring Hill Road in Thomasville, was charged Wednesday with theft by shoplifting. She allegedly tried to steal various items, valued at $24, from Wal-Mart on South Veterans Parkway.

• Dean Scott Howard, 46, of 807 Old Berlin Road, was charged Oct. 9 with making terroristic threats and acts and burglary.

• Latavious T. Clark, 19, of 307 Second St. S.W., was charged Wednesday with giving false information to an officer.

Colquitt County S.O.

• Evodio Bautista, 20, of Indian Creek Subdivision, was charged Sunday with public indecency.

• Rex Shull, 47, of 124 Vinson St., was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct.

Georgia State Patrol

• Maria Engracie Villarnava, 24, of 814 Ellis Way, was charged Wednesday with driving without a license, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to report an accident.

Doerun Police

• Jose Santos Hernandez, 20, of 4726 Highway 133 N., was charged Wednesday with driving without a license and tail lights required.

Other Incidents

Moultrie Police

• Cody Neal reported a thief stole Dewalt power tools, a band saw and two power drills from a house he was watching on Old Tram Road Wednesday.

• John Vickers reported a thief stole a tool box with various tools in it from the back of his truck while it was parked at the Human Resource Office on North Main Street between 11 a.m. and 12:33 p.m. Wednesday. The value of the stolen items was about $200.

• Allison Bryant, of Quail Run, reported a thief stole various items between Oct. 15 and 10:08 a.m. Wednesday. The value of the stolen items was $350.

• Denise Kennedy, of 15th Street Southeast, reported a thief pried open the front door and stole a 32-inch television, five DVDs, a prescription of Oxycodone and $20 cash between 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The value of the stolen items was $850.

• Will Tuggle reported a thief cut the padlock on his trailer while it was parked at a business on South Main Street and stole a Dewalt air compressor, a Dewalt chop saw and a concert saw between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. The value of the stolen items was $1,700.

• Nicholas Josheph, of Third Street Southeast, reported a thief stole a Briggs and Stratton pressure washer from the back of his truck Wednesday. The value of the stolen pressure washer was $300.

• Katrina Williams reported a thief stole various items from a house on Third Avenue Northwest between 2 p.m. Tuesday and 7:12 a.m. Wednesday. The value of the stolen items was $200.

Colquitt County S.O.

• Barbara Kennedy, of Allison Road, reported a two thieves yelled, cursed and threw ashtrays around her house and stole three DVDs and pawned them Wednesday. The value of the stolen DVDs was $120. Kennedy gave sheriff’s deputies the names of two male suspects.

• An employee at Rose Hill Grocery on Thigpen Trail reported a thief stole a church pew from the store’s front porch between 5:15 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday. The value of the stolen pew was $1,000.

• Ester Hayes, of Middlebrooks Street in Norman Park, reported a thief acted as a repo man and stole her Toyota Camry Wednesday.

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