Tipsy golf cart drivers and what turns up in traffic stops


Peachtree City police keep an eye out to make sure golf carts are only driven in appropriate areas, and sometimes drivers who are inebriated have a difficult time distinguishing where those areas are. Two incidents late last week could be examples of this.

An officer made a traffic stop May 19 at MacDuff Parkway and Jamestown Pass because a golf cart was being operated on a public roadway, according to reports. Nasreen Karim, 40, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Fayette County Jail.

The same thing happened May 20 at about 2:15 a.m. in the area of Hippocket Road and Hilltop Trail. The officer who stopped the golf cart being driven on the roadway detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver. Hayley Gill, 22, was arrested for driving under the influence.

Controlled substances were detected in multiple incidents over the weekend. A May 19 traffic stop on South Peachtree Parkway for an expired tag led to the discovery of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, along with marijuana. Kevin Duchatelier, 25, was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance.

An officer spotted two vehicles in the parking lot outside Big Daddy’s Oyster Bar shortly after 4 a.m. May 22. After stopping to explain to both drivers why they should not be parked there at such an hour, the officer detected a marijuana odor in one of the vehicles. A search of that car turned up marijuana, a handgun, and numerous MDMA tablets. Eric Edwards, 24, was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance.

A May 21 traffic stop just after 10:30 p.m. at Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 74 was initially due to a headlight violation, but a marijuana odor led to a search that revealed a small cube-shaped pill, police said. It was tested at the scene and revealed to contain fentanyl. Kiara Floyd, 21, was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance.

An officer spotted a vehicle at the Line Creek Nature Area May 21 at 9:40 p.m. and then noticed its occupants walking out of the woods. They were informed that the park was closed, and a report indicated that Keaton Nelson, 22, was arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance.

An early morning traffic stop May 21 led to the apprehension of a wanted person. The car was initially pulled over at Hwy. 74 and Acron Street due to the driver not wearing a seat belt. Had he been belted in, he might have been able to conceal for a bit longer the fact that he had multiple warrants out for his arrest. As it turned out, Kissean Benjamin, 31, was taken into custody.

A May 20 traffic stop at Hwy. 74 and Ardenlee Parkway was the result of a reckless driver who was suspected of possibly being asleep at the wheel. It was confirmed that Robert Spahr, 42, was driving under the influence and he was arrested on that charge.