DUI drivers had children in cars
In two recent North Augusta car accidents, drivers who had small children in their cars were arrested and charged with driving under the influence after admitting to taking the prescription tranquilizer Xanax, according to North Augusta Public Safety incident reports.
Just before 8 p.m. July 11, officers were called to U.S. Highway 25 at Walnut Lane, where Pamela Carroll, 32, had lost control of her car and hit the curb, damaging the wheels and tires of her vehicle, according to an incident report.
Her 3-year-old son was in the back in a child safety seat with the straps unbuckled, the report said.
Carroll’s speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot. She was unsteady on her feet and almost fell several times. After failing several sobriety tests, she was taken to a hospital, where she refused a urine test.
When asked if she was taking any drugs, she admitted taking blood pressure medicine and Xanax, the report said.
At 2:46 p.m. July 13, officers were called to assist Tiffany Coulthurst, 30, who had been traveling east on the Palmetto Parkway and tried to change lanes to exit. She lost control of her car and hit the guardrail. The car flipped and ended up on top of the guardrail, according to an incident report.
Her 6-month-old daughter was in a child safety seat in the back.
The responding officer noticed her speech was slurred and eyes bloodshot. When asked if she was taking any drugs, she admitted she had taken Xanax.
She was transferred to Medical College of Georgia Hospital where she refused a blood test, the report said.
Woman finds bag with gun in car
A North Augusta woman noticed a bag that didn’t belong to her in her car on July 14.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the woman got into her vehicle in the 1200 block of West Avenue and noticed a pink bag containing a firearm under the driver’s seat. Her nephew, who also uses the vehicle, also had no idea where the bag or gun came from.
The responding officer took the weapon for safekeeping. A records check didn’t reveal anything on the gun, the report stated.
Thief takes empty cash drawer
North Augusta Public Safety was called to Zaxby’s, 1671 Knox Ave., on July 16 in reference to a burglary.
According to an incident report, a video shows a man wearing an orange shirt, with a backpack, dark gloves and a dark shirt wrapped around his face break out the glass of the drive-thru window using a hammer between midnight and 7 a.m. July 16. The suspect then reached inside, cut the wires to the register and took the cash drawer before leaving.
The complainant told police the cash drawer didn’t have any money in it.
Door to Masonic Lodge kicked in
The door to the 7571 Masonic Lodge at Barton Road and Boylan Street was kicked in sometime between June 17 and July 17.
The complainant reported to North Augusta Public Safety on July 17 that nothing was missing from the lodge, but requested to have the property checked, according a report.
The reporting officer didn’t find any evidence at the scene.
North Augusta Public Safety officers are searching for two armed men who robbed Manuel’s Bread Cafe in Hammonds Ferry on Friday night.
A few people were closing up when two men entered flashing guns a little after 11 p.m.
Authorities said one man forced an employee to open the register.
Both men were wearing bandanas over their faces.
Woman drowns in Savannah River
The Richmond County dive team pulled the body of a 23-year-old North Augusta woman from the Savannah River on Saturday morning.
Witnesses said they saw Rebecca Hagler walking across a railroad trestle with friends early Saturday when she fell into the river.
Her body was recovered about 7 a.m. and has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.