NWGA Scanner | November 19th, 2021

Calhoun man charged with littering after tossing bags of meth out of window during traffic stop in Gordon County

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, at approximately 2:30 AM, Sergeant Childers was performing an extra patrol request in the area of Old Dalton Road in Gordon County. According to the report, “Sergeant Childers observed a vehicle traveling down Firetower Road as Sergeant Childers passed by. Sergeant Childers watched the vehicle sit at the stop sign at Firetower Road and Old Dalton Road long enough for Sergeant Childers to make it to North Industrial Boulevard. As Sergeant Childers activated his turn signal and began maneuvering onto North Industrial Boulevard, the vehicle abruptly left the stop sign and turned South on Old Dalton Road. Sergeant Childers turned his vehicle around and was unable to see the vehicle’s taillights on Cherokee Drive and was unable to locate the vehicle on Old Dalton or Highway 225. As Sergeant Childers turned onto North Wall Street, a Ford truck had exited from Cherokee Drive and was traveling North on North Wall Street at a high rate of speed. Sergeant Childers caught up to the vehicle as it neared Mauldin Road, where the truck drove through the gore of the roadway and into the opposite lane of travel as it turned on Mauldin Road. Sergeant Childers pulled onto Mauldin Road behind the vehicle and advised Gordon E911 that he would be stopping the vehicle on Mauldin Road at North Henderson Bend. Sergeant Childers activated his emergency lights in the area of West Sequoyah Drive, and the vehicle continued traveling, weaved over the center line several times, before finally yielding to the stop in the area of Frank Dickerson Drive.” As the driver, identified as Albert Franklin Lofty, 43, of Calhoun, stopped, the deputy observed an item later determined to be baggies of meth flying from the passenger’s side of the vehicle and landing in the grass. The deputy reported that the bed of Lofty’s truck was loaded down excessively with furniture, and it was not properly secured. According to the report, “Mr. Lofty stated that he made the turn onto Mauldin Road because of the furniture in the back, and he did not want it to fall out.” After getting Lofty’s information, the deputy stopped and observed the three plastic bags with suspected meth on the ground where he observed the land. While further talking with Lofty, the deputy observed another bag containing a white crystal substance In the driver’s side floorboard. According to the report, “Sergeant Childers collected the bags, gathered Mr. Lofty’s information, and released Mr. Lofty from the scene due to current COVID practices.” The deputy took warrants for Lofty for possession of meth, possession of meth with Intent, abandoning controlled substances, littering, and failure to maintain lane.