A police chase involving children throwing bags of a “green leafy substance” out the window of their car led to the arrest of their mother and a Box Springs resident.
Deshawn Renfroe, 31, of Box Springs was arrested Dec. 9, and Christina Roberts, 34, of Columbus, was arrested Jan. 10 on charges of felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, felony obstruction of officers, tampering with evidence and felony fleeing/attempting to elude police officers, as well as misdemeanor reckless driving and failure to maintain lane after an attempted stop led to the pursuit.
According to the report from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, an investigator noticed a 2007 Dodge Nitro with the driver’s side brake light out, and intended to stop the car at Collinsworth Road and the I-85 Northbound on-ramp.
The vehicle did not come to a stop, and instead sped up towards the interstate.
According to the report, the vehicle merged onto Interstate 85 northbound, swerving in and out of traffic in an attempt to elude law enforcement.
The report states that “upon reaching mile marker 57 on I-85 North, multiple clear bags of a green leafy substance”, suspected to be marijuana, started to be thrown out of the windows of the car.
The investigator notified Coweta County 911 that suspected narcotics were being thrown out of the vehicle, and that speeds were reaching upwards of 110 miles per hour.
The pursuit made its way to Fairburn, where both suspects and the investigator reached heavy traffic on the interstate. The suspects, according to reports, “was weaving in and out of traffic, almost causing multiple accidents.”
The Dodge exited the interstate at Exit 66, making a “hard right turn exiting onto Flat Shoals,” but then immediately went back on the interstate.
According to the report, the investigator then started to attempt to disable the Dodge by spinning it out, but due to traffic conditions on the interstate, that was not successful. At Mile Marker 67, there was an opening in traffic, and the investigator, using the push bumper on his car, hit the rear end on the driver’s side of the Dodge.
The Dodge spun towards and made contact with the median wall, and Roberts, the driver, was ejected from the car. She was transported to Grady Hospital for treatment following the accident.
Upon arriving on the vehicle, the investigator said he found two juveniles in the back seat and Renfroe in the passenger seat with his hands up.
Renfroe was ordered out of the car and handcuffed, but when the investigator attempted to put him in his patrol vehicle, according to the report, Renfroe “became aggressive and began trying to push his way and shove to get out of the vehicle.”
The report stated that the juveniles told the investigator that the driver was their mother, and the passenger was “like their stepdad.” The investigator then asked the children who gave them the bags to throw out the window, and they responded “that they didn’t want to say because they didn’t want to get him in trouble.”
The children were transported to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and turned over to DFACS.
The investigator reported that upon searching the vehicle, a digital scale was located in the center console, a small amount of a “green leafy substance” and a tray used for rolling marijuana cigarettes were located in the passenger side floorboard.
The bags of the “green leafy substance” were located on the right-hand side of I-85 near the Johnson Road Bridge around Mile Marker 58, but the bag had been cut open and the “green leafy substance” inside the bag was gone.