Swainsboro Police make arrests
by Emanuel County Live | June 25, 2008 12:00 am
The Swainsboro Police department seeks the public’s help in locating and arresting Billy Neil Johnson, 26. He is a black male, 5’6’’ tall and 156 pounds. His last known address was on Church Street in Swainsboro. He has two warrants for entering an auto and possession of stolen property. If you have any idea of the whereabouts of Billy Neil Johnson, call the Swainsboro Police Department at 237-8967.
In other Swainsboro Police Department news, on Friday night, June 20, Officer Fred Mosey made an attempt to stop a dark colored car for improper passing. The car fled, and Officer Mosey got a description of the vehicle. Minutes later, Officer David McVey spotted the vehicle abandoned and still running in a ditch and called Mosey, who identified the vehicle. Sgt. Moore, who arrived on the scene, looked in the vehicle and found a bag containing 18 bags of a green leafy substance and 3 bags of white powder. The officers attempted to ascertain ownership of the vehicle and, after the vehicle was found, a man claiming to be the owner called and reported the vehicle as stolen. The vehicle has been reported stolen 3 times since March. In the first report, the owner stated that he loaned it to someone to go get drugs and they never returned it. In the second report, he loaned it to a person that wouldn’t return it. The third report of theft is being treated as seriously questionable by the Swainsboro Police Department. The vehicle has been impounded while the investigation continues. Well done to Sgt. Moore and Officers McVey and Mosey, says Chief Shuman.
In the early hours of Sunday, June 22, Officer David McVey observed a white Pontiac GrandAm drastically weaving from lane to lane on South Main Street. He initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle was slow to stop, finally stopping on Alice Circle. Two occupants got out of the vehicle. The driver, James Santonio Eliston, 28, of a Carver St. address, was asked for his license and replied that he did not have it with him. When Officer McVey attempted to handcuff the driver, he fled. He was told to stop running several times, and then warned that he would be Tased if he did not stop. He refused to stop and was therefore tased. He was then handcuffed and, when searched, found in possession of 20 individually wrapped bags of a leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Eliston was arrested and charged with failure to maintain lane, driving while license suspended (2nd offense), DUI-alcohol (2nd offense), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. The passenger of the vehicle fled on foot as well and was apprehended by Sgt. Griswold. Good job to Officer McVey and Sgt. Griswold, says Chief Shuman.