NWGA Scanner | October 28th, 2022

Louisville pair arrested after traffic stop leads to stolen vehicle and drugs in Ringgold

According to a Ringgold Police Department incident report, On October 1st, 2022, at 12:34 AM, Officer M. Green, Initiated a traffic stop on a 2021 Jeep Gladiator after observing the odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle on I-75. While behind the vehicle, the Jeep took exit 345 before being stopped. Officer Green reported, “[I] then observed the Jeep fail to maintain lane pulling to the right at the intersection of Armstrong road and then pull forward to an entrance into the Circle K convenience store (11418 Hwy 41 South).” Officer Green then made contact with the driver, later identified as Mark Dewayne Foster Jr., 30, Louisville, Kentucky, and the front seat passenger Maria Armstrong, 27, of Louisville, Kentucky, and immediately observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Officer Green reported, “[I] then got the driver’s license from Mark and asked him where the marijuana was, and he then held up an ashtray with a joint that was actively burning on top of it. [I] told Mark that he could not be just driving down the road and smoking marijuana, and if that was all, it would only be a citation at this time. [I] asked Mark if there was any more in the vehicle, and he didn’t answer so much as mumble to me smiling and appeared to be unconcerned with my presence or even the fact he was in a traffic stop. [I] then asked for another unit to be en route for a probable cause search of the vehicle and asked Maria and Mark to exit the vehicle. Maria and Mark then asked why they had to exit the vehicle, and [I] informed them both that the law allows me the full authority to ask them to step out of the vehicle, and again [I] asked them to do so. Mark and Maria then began gathering a bunch of items to have on their person, and [I] told them to leave it in the vehicle. Maria then stepped out of the vehicle after she attempted to grab a tan-on-brown purse. However, Mark remained in the vehicle and continually refused to exit the vehicle.” According to the report, mark refused to exit the vehicle and began ignoring lawful commands. Mark then began digging around in the vehicle out of the officer’s view. When Officer Green attempted to remove Mark from the vehicle, he attempted to drive off. Officer Green reported, “Mark miss-handled the gear shift and failed to put it into gear, and at this time [I] then reached forward and took hold of Mark’s left arm, pulling him out of the seat. Mark landed on his feet in the vehicle and attempted to pull away from my grip; in the same instant, Mark struck me about the face with his right hand in a clenched fist, knocking off and breaking my glasses. [I] then took hold of Mark by his torso and hip, tossed him onto the ground ending up landing on top of him. [I] then began fighting with Mark on the ground, attempting to gain physical control of his hands and giving loud verbal commands for him to give his hands to me. Maria then came around the vehicle and began yelling that he didn’t do anything.” Make began violently fighting with the officer starting to get away and avoid being arrested. Officer Green was able to call for assistance and advised he was in an active fight with the driver. At this time, Ringgold Police Department Officer Craig, Sgt. Goresh, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies Cheramie and Henry responded to assist. Officers were eventually able to get Mark into custody. Officer Green reported, “[I] then re-secured my body-worn camera to my person( as it had come off and was dangling from my vest due to the physical nature of what occurred) and went back to the driver’s side of the vehicle. [I] then recovered my badge, flashlight, and my damaged glasses that were strewn across the ground.” Officer then searched the vehicle and located a large quantity of money and drugs (oxycodone, Xanax, marijuana). Dispatch then advised that the 2021 Jeep was reported stolen. Officer also located a large number of brand-new clothes in the vehicle with tags still on them as well as multiple new iPhones inside the vehicle. Maria advised officers they had traveled from Louisville, Kentucky, to Atalanta for a photo shoot because she is a model. Officer Green then asked Mark what he did for a living, and he said he sold exotic bullies (referring to pit bulldogs). Mark said people would pay over 90 thousand dollars for the dogs, and that is how he came to have as much money as he did. while being checked out by EMS, Mark got upset, being loud and boisterous. Mark advised that he was smoking marijuana and that he was under the influence of oxycodone and other prescription narcotic pills. Mark agreed to the state testing of his blood. Mark was booed into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with DUI, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, felony obstruction of officers, prescription drugs must be in their original container, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, and criminal damage to property. Maria was booed into the Catoosa County Jail, charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, prescription drugs must be in their original container, and theft by receiving a stolen vehicle.