NWGA Scanner | January 3rd, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on December 23rd, 2021, at around 6:25 PM, while on patrol K-9 Sgt. Hovers observed a dark-colored pick-up traveling west on Huffaker Road with only one headlight. The officer conducted a traffic stop where he was advised by a Georgia DNR agent if the vehicle had two passengers wearing camouflage to hold them there until she arrived. Sgt. Hovers contact with the driver Austin Ray Cline, 26, of Dallas, and observed him to be wearing camouflage. The officer gathered both occupant’s information and returned to his patrol vehicle, where he advised the DNR agent of the situation. Sgt. Hovers reported, “At this time [I] removed the driver and had him stand in front of my patrol vehicle while [I] conducted my traffic enforcement. During this time, Austin continued to place his hands in his pockets and was asked if he had any weapons on his person, and state no. [I] asked if [I] could search his person, and he denied consent. Due to the fact he was moving and attempted to place his hands back in his pockets, [I] told him [I] was going to pat him down. As my left hand touched the left front pocket of his pants, [I] could feel what was a glass pipe with the bulb at the end of it. Immediately [I] recognized this to be a pipe used for meth use. Austin was placed in handcuffs, and the item was removed from his pants. He stated that it was lying on his floorboard, so he picked it up. He later stated that he had a gun in his vehicle after first stating he had no weapons in the vehicle at all.” DNR arrived on the scene, and the passenger, Brice, was removed from the vehicle. Both men stated that they had been convicted of felonies in the past and were convicted felons. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and a loaded rifle (30-30) was recovered from the back seat. The DNR agent advised the officer just prior to him stopping the vehicle. It was caught on Berry’s property spotlighted by DNR cameras. Sgt. Hovers reported, “When she showed me the picture [I] could identify the vehicle as to the one [I] had stopped and still had the bed filled with trash bags as it did in the picture. DNR interviewed both men and advised they had charges on both. Both the driver and passenger were then transported to the Floyd County Jail by Sgt. Wade. During the booking process, DNR decided to release Brice for a pending investigation. Austin was booked into the jail, charged with safety belts, use of required 18, headlight requirement, possession of firearm during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of methamphetamine.