MOULTRIE — A Moultrie man was apprehended after he allegedly ran from officers during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

Xavier Sherrod Yates, 25, of 613 12th St. N.W., was charged with duty to obey an officer (third offense), two counts of giving false information to an officer and resisting arrest.

An officer on patrol spotted a Chevrolet Impala drive through a stop sign at the intersection of Fourth Avenue Northwest and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at 4:38 p.m. Thursday. The officer pulled the car over on Martin Luther King but requested assistance when two of the three passengers opened their doors acting like they were trying to flee the scene.

The officer spoke with the driver, Laviski Simpson, and told him he had been pulled over for running a stop sign. After speaking with Simpson, the officer saw the front passenger get out of the car. The man was told to stop three times but went into a house as additional officers chased him.

All of the officers surrounded the house, but the man, later identified as Yates, allegedly ran out of the back and into nearby woods. The officer pulled her gun when she saw Yates allegedly reaching for his pocket, but he stopped and got onto his knees.

As the officer got closer, however, Yates allegedly got up in an aggressive manner and was tackled by the officer. The two struggled with each other before the officer put handcuffs on Yates, and a second officer took him out of the woods and put him into a patrol car.

Yates had earlier identified himself as “Byron Silas” while in the Impala, but another passenger identified him as Yates. While getting the information, Simpson allegedly became upset and was using profanity toward the officer, police said, but he calmed down when threatened with arrest. He was charged only with running the stop sign.

When Yates was taken to Colquitt County Jail, he allegedly gave the name “Xavier Hicks” to the officer. He was then identified as Yates from a previous arrest and booked into the jail.


Moultrie Police

• Terry Charles McKellar, 48, of 851 Phillip Causey Road, was charged Thursday with possession of cocaine.

• Jamie Jolene Cantrell, 25, of 120 Dunn Road, was charged Thursday with possession of a controlled substance and simple battery.

• A juvenile was charged Friday with theft by taking a motor vehicle, a curfew violation and driving without a license.

• Lisa Ann Smart, 24, of 514 Ninth St. S.W., was charged Thursday with forgery.

Colquitt County S.O.

• Jorge Hernandez, 30, of 1351 Magnolia Ave., was charged Wednesday with being a pedestrian under the influence.

• Christina Johnson, 27, of 1330 Highway 319 N., Lot 10, in Norman Park, was charged Wednesday with being a fugitive from justice.

• Julio Perez, 25, of 351 Magnolia Ave., was charged Wednesday with being a pedestrian under the influence and probation violation.

Other Incidents

Moultrie Police

• Darrell Funderburke reported someone broke out a kitchen window at his house on Ninth Street Southwest Thursday.

• Cynthia Sutton, of 10th Avenue Southeast, reported someone threw a rock through a rear window Thursday. Damage was estimated at $300.

• Tammy Bourquine reported a thief stole her son’s Motorola cell phone and an Apple iPod during football practice at Colquitt County High School on Park Avenue Thursday. The value of the stolen items was $200.

• Keria Ellis, of 27th Street Southeast, reported a thief kicked open her door and stole a Sony 32-inch television Thursday. Damage and the value of the stolen television was estimated at $3,300.

Colquitt County S.O.

• Ricky Cooper, of Weaver Road, reported two white males were shooting a rifle across a pond behind his house Thursday. Cooper’s 12-year-old son was on the other side of the pond, but he was not hit or injured during the incident.

• Ross Thomas reported a thief stole copper wire, a drill press and an air conditioning unit from his house on Thomas Street between Sept. 11 and 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The value of the stolen items was $2,770.

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