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March 13, 2013

Routine stop leads to arrest

TIFTON — A man and 17-year-old female were arrested Tuesday afternoon after a Tift County deputy stopped them while traveling on Interstate 75.

Maj. Bobby Brannen at the Tift County Sheriff’s Office said deputy Chris Strickland was patrolling I-75 when he noticed a 1999 Subaru traveling the same direction he was going, and the driver was traveling slow and would not pass his patrol car.

He said Strickland exited the interstate and was able to get the license plate number of the car and ran it through GCIC. He said the response was that the car was stolen from Lakewood Colorado.

Brannen said the vehicle exited I-75 and Strickland observed it stop at a local business. Strickland called for backup and then approached the vehicle. Deputies James Lindsey and Mike Purvis arrived to assist. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police also came to assist Strickland.

Brannen said once the occupants of the vehicle were secured, a search of the vehicle was conducted. He said a Kimber 45 caliber semi-automatic pistol reported stolen in Lakewood Colorado was recovered, as well as less than an ounce of marijuana.

He said the occupants were Daniel Jake Martin, 26, of Lakewood, Colo. and Mackenzie Brianna Barbour, 17, of 147 S. Flower Circle in Lakewood, Colo.

Brannen said it was determined that Martin had given a false name to Strickland, when initially claimed to be Jonathan Underwood.

Martin is charged with driving with a suspended license, giving a false name, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, open container while operating a motor vehicle, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He noted Martin is also wanted in Jefferson County, Colo. on charges of failure to appear (original charge identity theft).

Barbour is charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Brannen said Barbour had been reported missing to authorities in Colorado.

Investigator Adam Tanner is doing the follow-up investigation and has been in contact with the authorities in Colorado, he said.

Martin remains in the Tift County Jail. Barbour has been released on bond.

 

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