Two men, who police believed had been drinking, were arrested, when their van got stuck in the mud, after they were allegedly caught dumping tires at a vacant Stockbridge home.
Henry County Police arrested Derrick E. Goggins, 38, of McDonough, and Demetris Quante Cody, 29, of Atlanta, Monday, and charged both men with dumping waste exceeding 500 lbs., or 100 cubic feet in volume, public drunkenness, and criminal trespassing.
The men appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court, Tuesday, before Judge Robert L. Godwin, to answer the charges.
"The said accused, along with another, did intentionally dump tires onto abandoned property, while intoxicated in a public place," according to arrest warrants filed the Henry County Sheriff's Office.
Goggins and Cody were represented in court the Public Defender's Office. Judge Godwin bound their cases over to Henry County State Court.
According to a police report of the incident, filed Officer C. Thompson, the officer responded to a suspicious-person call at an abandoned residence, at 119 Naomi Drive. He was informed a dispatcher there were two men in a van, stuck in the mud, at the vacant mobile home.
"I witnessed two black males trying to get a large yellow box-truck back onto the pavement," wrote Thompson in his police report. "Both individuals were covered in mud, and had a smell of alcohol coming from their person."
The officer noticed, inside the van, several beer cans "still cold to the touch," and several used tires in the bed of the vehicle, according to the report.
"I also noticed several used tires around the truck and in the backyard of this abandoned residence, and I stopped counting when I reached ... one hundred tires," Thompson said in the report.
The policeman asked the men, "what is going on?" Goggins told the officer he was trying to load some tires onto his truck. Cody answered saying, his cousin was the previous owner of the mobile home, and they were picking up some items.
Thompson instructed the men to stand near his patrol car, while he spoke with a witness. She told police, "she witnessed both suspects in the yard....and stated, the previous owners moved out about two months ago." the report continued.
When Thompson questioned the witness about seeing any tires in the abandoned mobile home's yard the day before, she replied, "no I been home all day."
There were no warrants outstanding for either of the men, according to Thompson, who checked with the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for verification.
"I then placed Mr. Goggins and Mr. Cody under arrest... I advised both suspects of their Miranda Rights and placed them [in] my marked unit," added Thompson in the police report.
Judge Godwin set Cody's and Goggins' bond at $2,500 each. Both men remained in the Henry County Jail at press time Tuesday.