Tifton Gazette


June 26, 2014

Tifton man charged after traffic stop


 A Tifton man was arrested earlier this week after trying to drive away from police.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, Officer William Germaine reported Monday that while on patrol in the area of South Central Avenue and 17th Street, he observed the driver of a gold Camry put his seat belt on as he was sitting at the traffic light, traveling east on 17th Street.

As the driver turned south on Central Avenue, Germaine initiated a traffic stop. When he made contact with the driver, 25-year-old Jaron Donnay Hester of 118 1/2 W. 17th St., he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Germaine explained the reason for the stop and asked for Hester's driver's license and proof of insurance. Hester was upset and yelling about having his seat belt on. He said he didn't have his driver's license on him and gave Germaine his name and date of birth.

Germaine said as Hester was giving him his information, another vehicle pulled up in front of Hester's vehicle and the driver began to get out. At that time, he called dispatch for another officer. He said while waiting for another unit to arrive, he told the driver, an unknown black male, to get back in his vehicle. Hester was getting impatient and asked why his name hadn't been run yet.

Germaine informed Hester that he was waiting for another officer. As Officer Johnson arrived on the scene, Germaine asked Hester if there was anything illegal in the vehicle that he needed to know about. He said Hester didn't answer. He tried to open the door and have Hester step out.

As Germaine tried to open the door, Hester started his car and put it into drive. At that time, he leaned in the vehicle to try to turn it off. As the vehicle was rolling and Germaine was fighting with him, Hester was trying to open the center console. He reached for the console twice. At that time, Germaine sprayed him with pepper spray. Hester stopped fighting and resisting and stuck his hands out of the window.

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