December 11, 2014
State to focus on drunk drivers during holiday enforcement
Operation Zero Tolerance accompanying national DUI campaign through New Year's
(ATLANTA) – Operation Zero Tolerance begins on Dec. 12 and that means increased patrols and high visibility enforcement in Georgia. During this DUI enforcement campaign and every day, if you're over the limit, you'll be under arrest. No warnings. No excuses.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is launching its annual zero tolerance campaign in conjunction with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative to remind all motorists that no matter where they go, impaired driving will not be tolerated. The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 in all 50 states so even if holiday travels take motorists over the state line, drunk drivers will spend the end of 2014 behind bars.
During the holiday period last year (Nov. 20 – Dec. 31), there were nearly 44,000 crashes that resulted in 13,142 injuries and 160 fatalities in Georgia. 18 people lost their lives to impaired drivers. While Georgia enforces its DUI laws year-round, law enforcement across the state will be stepping up enforcement during the holiday season, one of the most dangerous times to travel on Georgia roads.
"Impaired driving crashes and fatalities are completely avoidable," said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. "It's that simple. Arrange for a designated driver before your festivities begin or offer to be the sober driver for your friends and family. I want everyone to be able to ring in 2015 with their loved ones."
Drunk driving isn't just a problem in Georgia. During the month of December in 2012, 830 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving at least one intoxicated driver. On average, 31 percent of all crash fatalities in America are alcohol-related, but on Christmas Day in 2012, that number increased to 36 percent.
"This is why you will see more troopers, police officers and deputies in highly visible patrols during the holidays," Blackwood said. "It's not just about getting drunk drivers off the road, but also deterring them from ever getting behind the wheel."
To learn more about impaired driving safety and consequences as well as the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, which will last through New Year's Day, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.
December 10, 2014
Command and Jail Divisions
Sheriff Miller Welcomes Officers from the United Arab Emirates
Several members of the Sharjah Police Department in the United Arab Emirates toured the Douglas County Jail Facility on December 9, 2014. The UAE is in the process of constructing and modernizing their detention facilities and visited the jail to see many of the latest technological features used to manage inmates and control staffing costs. The jail staff conducted a tour for Major Abdulla Mohamed, Captain Faisal Salim, Captain Walid Ibrahim and other engineering and technology staff showing them features of the jail. Command staff answered questions on costs and how technology has helped in efficiency and staffing.
December 9, 2014
Criminal Investigations Division
Possible Suspect in Aug. 2 Hit and Run Fatality Found in Tennessee Attic:
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Inv. Josh Miller at 678-486-1252. All media inquiries are asked to contact Public Information Officer, Lt. Glenn Daniel at 770-920-4955.
"According to Douglas County Sheriff's Office Public Information Lt. Glenn Daniel, investigators at the agency had received a tip that Douglas and Frisby were 'somehow involved' in a hit-and-run fatality that occurred on Aug. 2.
A press release from the incident states that at 8:06 a.m. central dispatch was alerted to a deceased man behind a guardrail on Thornton Road. The victim, identified as Robert Stoskopf, 67, was believed to have been struck by a vehicle."
November 20, 2014
November 13, 2014
Felony Interception Narcotic Detection (FIND) Unit
Methamphetamine Seizure Worth Over One Million Dollars in Street Value seized by Douglas County F.I.N.D. Unit
On Sunday November 9, 2014 at approximately 8:09 pm Deputy David Gray of the F.I.N.D. (Felony Interception Narcotic Detection) Unit observed and stopped a 2006 Ford Freestar van driven by a 64 year old male subject identified as Jose Garcia-Contreras from Eagle Pass, Texas for a traffic violation.
After further investigation by the deputies and a search of the vehicle where the deputies located a false, man made hidden compartment in the vehicle. Inside the hidden compartment were a total of thirty-eight packages of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine.
Upon finding the suspected Crystal Methamphetamine the male subject Garcia-Contreras was detained and both subject Garcia-Contreras and his vehicle were brought to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for further investigation. At the sheriff's office the contents of the packages was tested and tested positive for Crystal Methamphetamine.
The total weight of the Crystal Methamphetamine was sixty-five pounds with a street value of over one million dollars.
Subject Jose Garcia-Contreras was placed under arrest and is currently in the Douglas County Jail charged with trafficking methamphetamine and false compartment in a motor vehicle with no bond.
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