Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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CONYERS -- Officers with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office confiscated more than 2 grams of suspected methamphetamine and drug-related items during an investigation of two suspicious men who ran out of gas on Frontier Drive.
Joseph Douglas Hampton, 28, of 4254 Timber Trace, Loganville, allegedly tried to run from officers during the investigation. He was arrested and charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of methamphetamine and possession and use of drug-related objects.
According to the incident report, Hampton and another Loganville man were in a white Chevrolet Uplander that ran out of gas in front of a house on Frontier Drive. The men had allegedly approached the woman who lived in the house and asked for gas money. The woman called 911.
Upon questioning Hampton, an RCSO deputy reported that he "was visibly nervous and his body motions were jittery. Mr. Hampton appeared to grind his teeth and his general behavior led me to believe he might be experiencing the effects of some type of stimulant."
Hampton granted the deputy permission to search the vehicle. Inside the car the deputy found a glass pipe that appeared to have been used to smoke methamphetamine. Hampton allegedly fled from the scene and was chased, caught and brought back to the car. A further search of the car turned up an electronic scale and about 2.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
A computer check of Hampton revealed that he was wanted on a probation violation warrant in Walton County where he was originally charged with possession of methamphetamine.
The other man who was with Hampton was not charged in connection with the incident.