NWGA Scanner | June 6th, 2022

Buchanan woman found in possession of meth after failing to move over and nearly hitting Floyd County patrol vehicle

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On May 29th, 2022, at 3:39 AM, Officer Ribot, along with Sgt. Ward were out with a suspicious person on GA-1 and Dixie Park Road. Officer Ribot reported, “During the investigation, we had the blue lights on, and the police marked vehicle was visible to any traffic from all directions. While talking to the male, a vehicle passed our location, and it almost struck Sgt. Ward’s marked patrol vehicle. The vehicle was in the same lane as his vehicle. The vehicle switched lanes at a close distance to the marked patrol vehicle. At that point, we entered the patrol vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle. Lights and siren were on.” The driver, identified as Jessica Nichole Blankenship, 39, of Buchanan, GA, vehicle was slowing down, but it was not stopping. Blankenship made a few sudden stops, but then she kept traveling at a low-rated speed. When the vehicle stopped, Sgt. Ward made contact with the driver. Officer Ribot move to the passenger side area. Blankenship stated that she was heading to her boyfriend’s house and she was coming from Bremen. Sgt. Ward was checking her driver’s license status and insurance status because the system was showing that her insurance was not active. During a consent search of the vehicle, Officer Ribot located a meth pipe and meth inside a backpack. Officer Ribot reported. “[I] recognized the crystal rocks and substance as something [I] have seen before as methamphetamine. [I] have arrested over hundred people for possession of these types of substance.” Blankenship stated that the last time she used methamphetamine was around April. She stated that she picked up her vehicle for an impound lot. When asked about the bag pack and she said it was a community bag. Blankenship was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle (Move Over Law), possession of methamphetamine, and drug-related object.