NWGA Scanner | January 8th, 2022

Convicted felon stopped for not wearing his seatbelt found in possession of gun in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on December 27th, 2021, at around 9:58 AM, Lt. Williams and Officer Smith were patrolling in the area of Burnett Ferry Road and Smith Road. Officer Smith reported, “[I] observed a driver not wearing his seatbelt operating his vehicle on Burnett Ferry Road. Lt. Williams initiated a traffic stop due to this and the registration sticker on the driver’s license plate being an expired color as well. The officer then made contact with the driver, identified as Johnny Ray Thomason, 30, of Buchannan, who advised he did not have a license. During a pat-down of Thomason for weapons of any kind, Lt. Williams found a .22 caliber bullet in Mr. Thomason’s front pocket. According to the report, “Lt. Williams asked Mr. Thomason if he was a convicted felon, and he answered yes. Lt. Williams also asked where the firearm was, and Mr. Thomason stated that it should not be in the vehicle. This gave probable cause to search Mr. Thomason’s vehicle. Mr. Thomason then came back with a suspended license, expired registration on his vehicle, and no insurance on his vehicle.” Lt. Williams and Officer Smith searched Mr. Thomason’s vehicle and found 19 other .22 caliber bullets scattered throughout the vehicle. Lt. Williams found a loaded .22 caliber Derringer loaded with two bullets in between the passenger seat of the vehicle and the console of the vehicle. Thomason was then transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was booked on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, seat belt violation, and voluntary cancellation of vehicle registration.