FRANKLINTON — A man arrested for driving while impaired and having his license revoked topped it off by managing to steal breath mints while in the middle of a traffic stop.
Manuel Cortes Rodriguez, 27, 166 Rustic Ridge Road, was driving 10 miles per hour above the posted 20-mph limit on Main Street.
Franklinton Police Sgt. K.J. Hornaday witnessed Rodriguez stop at a green light for approximately 10 seconds and proceed very slowly through the intersection, according to the arrest report.
While following Rodriguez’s vehicle, Hornaday noticed that although he was driving very slowly, he veered left over the double yellow line.
At that time, Hornaday activated his blue lights and Rodriguez pulled into Cruizers at 108 S. Main St., stopping in front of a gas pump, Hornaday wrote.
During the traffic stop, Rodriguez was visibly impaired. He gave his check card in place of a license and said he crossed the center line while talking to a friend, though he was alone and did not have a cellphone in the car.
When asked if he had been drinking, Rodriguez said no, according to the report.
Police Chief John Green pulled up to the scene and Hornaday briefly walked over to explain what was going on.
When Hornaday looked back, Rodrigiez had entered Cruizers. He came out a moment later and proceeded to walk around the corner of the building away from the police, according to reports.
Hornaday went after Rodriguez and brought him back to the vehicle.
At some point, Rodriguez went back into the store a second time and tried to enter the cooler. Chief Green and Hornaday had to bring him back outside, according to the arrest record.
After performing a field sobriety test, the officers determined that Rodriguez was impaired by alcohol.
A check with the division of motor vehicles showed Rodriguez’s license to be suspended due to a prior driving-while-impaired conviction from 2004.
When the officers searched Rodriguez, they found a brand new pack of breath mints. After talking to the staff at Cruizers, they learned Rodriguez had stolen the breath mints when he went into the store, Hornaday stated.
Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the Franklinton Police Department where he registered a .14 blood alcohol content — nearly double the legal limit of .08.
Rodriguez was taken to the Franklin County jail and held on a $3,500 bond.
Woman shoots her way to jail
LOUISBURG — A local woman allegedly ‘shot off’ more than her mouth during an argument with her boyfriend , eventually leading to her arrest.
Franklin County Deputies responded to the residence of William Griffin, 27, 3069 N.C. 39, Aug. 7 for shots being fired .
Griffin claimed his girlfriend, Roxanne Shanta Johnson, 27, 3172 N.C. 39, fired a .22 caliber handgun into the air three times during an argument with Griffin, according to police reports.
The next day, deputies observed Johnson on Bickett Boulevard operating a Ford truck registered to Griffin.
Johnson’s license was suspended and she had previous driving-while-license-revoked charges, deputies stated.
As Johnson was leaving the Sheetz parking lot, Deputy D. Moore activated his blue lights. Johnson stopped in the middle of the lane on Bickett Boulevard.
Moore approached the vehicle and asked Johnson for her license, which she was not able to produce.
When asked if she had any weapons, Johnson replied “Yes I do.”
Johnson told Moore she had a gun in her purse but did not have a concealed carry permit. A Phoenix .22-caliber handgun was removed from Johnson’s purse.
Griffin was notified and was able to take the vehicle back to his residence.
Johnson was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and driving while license revoked. She was taken to the Franklin County jail where she was initially held on a $5,000 bond.