NWGA Scanner | April 22nd, 2021

Rome pair arrested on drug charges after Floyd County officer witnesses the two arguing

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on April 8th, 2021, at around 10:10 PM, FCPD K-9 Officer Hovers was traveling south on Martha Berry Highway (Hwy 27) when he observed two subject’s later identified as Patrick Russell McMichael, 38, and Lindsay Brooke James, 35, both of Rome, appeared to be involved in a verbal altercation in a parking lot of a Laundromat. Officer Hovers reported, “As [I] was passing them [I] observed the male toss his flashlight (out of anger) to the ground causing it to bounce several feet and into the air and landing into the grassy area near the parking lot as he was yelling something at the female.” The officer turned around and made contact with both subjects. When Patrick was trying to explain to the officer what was going on he would end up facing away from him. He repeated this several times and was also observed placing his hands in his pockets. When Patrick was asked if he had anything and he stated no. GSP Trooper Snaders arrived on scene to assist the officer. Officer Hovers asked Patrick if he could search his vehicle and he stated no. At this time Officer Hovers reported, “[I] deployed K-9 Lex for a vehicle sniff when he alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle and on the driver side.” During the search of the vehicle located several used syringes containing blood between the driver sear and the center console. Both Patrick and Lindsay were detained. A black zip up pouch found laying behind the driver seat in the floor board which contained two small clear baggies containing meth and suspected suboxone. Patrick and Lindsay were read Miranda and was asked if the pouch belonged to them. They both replied “No”. The officer also located an opened beer bottle that had spilled in the front floor board. Trooper Snaders had been talking to Lindsay and advised that he had enough probable cause to charge her with DUI. Patrick and Lindsay were both transported to the Floyd County Jail. Patrick was charged with possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. Lindsay was charged DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and possession of methamphetamine.