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December 23, 2013

Omega man caught with drugs

TIFTON —

An Omega man racked up several charges Saturday night after being stopped by a Tift County deputy.

Lt. Col. Bobby Brannen with the Tift County Sheriff’s Office said deputy Rick Dorden stopped Maurice Todd Carter, 33, of Omega for failure to maintain lane on South Central Avenue. Dorden smelled alcohol on him and observed a bottle of liquor on the seat of the vehicle.

While he was having a driver’s license check ran on Carter’s license, he fled. Dorden chased Carter on foot and caught him a short distance from the scene of the stop. He found $1,295 in cash in Carter’s pockets and found marijuana in his vehicle.

There was also an off-white, rock-like substance found in the vehicle. It has been sent to the crime lab for analysis, says Brannen.

Carter has been charged with DUI/ alcohol, unlawful window tinting, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, a probation violation, driving with a suspended or revoked license, two open container violations, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers without force, five counts of failure to maintain lane, defective or insufficient tread depth on tires, three counts of speeding, three counts of improper left or right turn, three counts of driving on the wrong side of the road, four counts of failure to use signal, reckless driving, emerging from an alley, driveway or building and giving a false name, address or birth date to a law enforcement officer.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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