MOULTRIE —Three Moultrie residents face charges following a traffic stop early Friday morning. One of the passengers had to be restrained by officers while attempting to place him under arrest.

Julio Anaya Sanchez, 24, of 128 North Pine St., was charged with two counts of possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm while committing a crime, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a pistol without a license, obstruction, interference with government property, two counts of criminal attempt and two counts of probation violation. Liz Zavala, 17, of 506 Country Drive, was charged with defective equipment, driving without a license and obstruction. Maria Vega, 24, of 147 Lisa Lane, was charged with obstruction and allowing an unlicensed person to drive.

Police reports said an officer saw an Oldsmobile Silhouette driving on South Veterans Parkway at 12:29 a.m. Friday with a defective front headlight. The officer turned around and pulled the vehicle over on South Veterans Parkway.

The officer spoke with the driver, identified as Zavala, and reports said it was found she did not have a driver’s license. The officer then asked the passenger, identified as Sanchez, if he had a license, but he did not have one either.

The officer allowed the owner of the vehicle, identified as Vega, to come and pick up the Silhouette, reports said. A second officer arrived at the scene, and he talked with Sanchez and Zavala, discovering Sanchez had allegedly run away from him after suspected cocaine was found in the same vehicle during a traffic stop Feb. 28.

Reports said officers spoke with Zavala and Sanchez, asking them their names, and Sanchez stated he was “Jose Venega.” The officers asked “Jose Venega” how old he was, and he provided them with a birth date and stated Zavala was 20 years old.

Vega arrived at the scene, and reports said she showed officers her driver’s license and a photo identification. Sanchez was placed in handcuffs for investigative detainment, and Vega and Zavala began to argue with the officer, stating “Jose Venega” was Sanchez’s cousin, not Sanchez.

The officer found Sanchez’s wallet and looked for an identification because he believed Sanchez had provided a false name, reports said. While searching the wallet, the officer found a small bag with suspected cocaine inside, and Sanchez stated the wallet was not his but a friend’s wallet he was carrying for the friend.

Reports said the first officer got Vega behind the Silhouette and asked her what Sanchez’s name was. She stated he was Sanchez but denied he was the same person who fled from the second officer in February.

The officers placed Sanchez under arrest, but reports said he began resisting when they attempted to get him into a patrol vehicle. He began kicking one of the officers, and pepper spray was used twice to get Sanchez to cooperate.

Sanchez was able to get away from the officers after being sprayed and grabbed an officer’s belt and tried to grab his firearm, reports said. The officer was able to get Sanchez on the ground. Sanchez stated he would cooperate if he could stand up but continued to resist when he was allowed to stand up.

Reports said officers took Sanchez to the ground two more times before another officer arrived on the scene to provide assistance. Sanchez was put into a patrol car and was taken to Colquitt County Jail.

During the struggle with Sanchez, reports said Vega admitted she had lied to the officer and that Sanchez had been the person who fled from the second officer in February. Vega and Zavala were then placed under arrest and taken to Colquitt County Jail, where they were booked in on the charges against them.

One of the officers reported hearing Sanchez kicking something around the patrol car while being taken to the jail, reports said. Upon arriving at the Moultrie Police Department, Sanchez had a firearm that had been placed under the driver’s side seat, and the officers found a second bag of suspected cocaine in his wallet, reports said.


• A 15-year-old boy was charged Sunday with simple battery.

• George Wallace III, 29, of 909 Second Ave. N.W., was charged Friday with driving with a suspended license (second offense).

• Emy C. Gilbert, 29, of 601 Second St. N.W., was charged Saturday with disorderly conduct (third offense), trespassing (second offense) and probation violation.

• Johnathan Kreutzer, 22, of 715 Eighth Ave. S.E., was charged Friday with obstruction.

• Willie Clyde Hightower Jr., 17, of 2706 Fifth Ave. S.E., was charged Friday with failure to stop for a stop sign, driving without a license, reckless driving, attempting to elude officers, failure to notify the owner upon striking a fixed object, failure to stop at an accident with damage and obstruction.

• Mereyda Martinez, 28, of 124 Trailer Park Road, Lot 1, was charged Friday with driving without a license.

• Alfonso Francisco, 27, of 657 Circle Road, was charged Friday with failure to yield at an intersection and driving without a license.

• Evodio Carrera, 28, of 100 Yates Lane, was charged Friday with driving without a license and reckless driving.

• Chad Tremaine Daniels, 26, of 1212 10th St. S.W., was charged Sunday with the sale of cocaine and probation violation.

• Johnny Doyle Peacock, 48, of 20 20th St. S.E., was charged Saturday with DUI, an open container violation and stopping on a roadway.

• Billy Cordero, 18, of 136 Dogwood Drive, was charged Friday with driving without a license.

• Cristobal Gonzalez Peyes, 32, of 1154 Smith Road, was charged Friday with driving without a license and a child restraint violation.

• Mariono Perez, 28, of 115 Garden Lane, was charged Sunday with driving without a license.

• Wilberto Ziga Reyes, 24, of 589 Circle Road, was charged Sunday with driving without a license.

• Leon Horace Shank, 32, of 125 Cleveland St. in Ellenton, was charged Friday with DUI, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain lane, defective equipment and tag light required.

• Irving Bert Singletary, 29, of 916 Fourth St. S.W., was charged Friday with disorderly conduct and making terroristic threats and acts.

• Claude Olen Lord III, 38, of 6145 Tallokas Road, was charged Friday with manufacturing methamphetamine and burglary.

• William Brian Bynum, 29, of 6178 Highway 319 N. in Crosland, was charged Saturday with battery, three counts of cruelty to children (third degree) and probation violation.

Other Incidents:

• An attendant at Inland of First Avenue Southeast reported an unknown person pumped $33 in gasoline Sunday and left without paying. The attendant described the vehicle as a blue Ford F-150, but he was unable to provide officers with its tag number or a description of the driver.

• Quincy Thornton, of 31st Street Southeast, reported an unknown person keyed his Chevrolet Suburban Sunday. Damage to the vehicle was approximately $501.

• Tawanda Lambright, of 30th Street Southeast, reported someone damaged numerous items in her residence between 3:24 p.m. Saturday and 12:57 p.m. Sunday. Total damage to the residence was unknown at the time of report, but Lambright stated nothing appeared to have been stolen.

• Monica White, of Joe Louis Avenue, reported someone ran over her mailbox and hit her Chevrolet Impala, damaging the front end and hood, between noon Friday and 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Total damage was approximately $1,550. White and an anonymous witness provided officers with the name of a male acquaintance and a tag number for a Chevrolet Suburban allegedly involved in the incident.

• An employee at Willie J. Williams Middle School on Stadium Drive reported someone broke out two classroom windows and damaged lockers and a teacher’s desk between 5 p.m. Friday and 9:08 a.m. Saturday. Total damage at the school was unknown at the time of report, but nothing was reported stolen.

• Derrick Tillman reported someone spray painted and obscenity on an outside wall of Bill’s Produce on First Avenue Southeast between 7 p.m. Friday and 7:25 a.m. Saturday. Damage to the wall was unknown at the time of report.

• Martha Clements reported a male acquaintance flattened a tire on her Geo Storm while it was parked at RT’s Sports Grill Friday. Damage to the vehicle was unknown at the time of report.

• Marvin King reported a male acquaintance stole a Pioneer CD player from Midtown Pawnbrokers on First Avenue Southeast Saturday. The value of the stolen CD player was $120.

• Crystal Sampson reported a male acquaintance kicked in three doors at Fairmeadow Apartments on 31st Avenue Southeast Thursday. Total damage to the doors was estimated at $700.

• Annette Moore, of Seventh Street Southwest, reported she was bitten on the leg by a pit bull mix dog Saturday. When an officer arrived at the scene, he saw the dog run at a group of children walking along Seventh Street Southwest, scaring the children away. The officer was almost forced to shoot the dog, but the dog’s owners arrived and turned the dog over to an Colquitt County Animal Control officer. The dog had not been vaccinated, and Moore was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center for treatment.

• Ray Horne reported an unknown person stole a Mac Tech 1000 toolbox with various tools from Bivins Auto Parts on Tyson Street between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 11:13 a.m. Sunday. The total value of the stolen items was approximately $25,000.

• Rodney Glaze reported an unknown person stole a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from under a shelter at a residence on Highway 319 North between 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The value of the stolen motorcycle was unknown at the time of report.

• Jennifer Merritt, of Lonesome Pine Trail, reported she found a bird dog mix that was sick Friday. When she took the dog to a veterinarian, it was found an unknown person had poisoned the dog with antifreeze. The veterinarian was forced to put the dog down because of it being poisoned.

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