By Sarah Bakhtiari
The Loganville Police Department gave a brief update at Thursday's (Jan. 9) city council meeting on how the tag readers on its patrol cars have helped with some significant arrests.
On Tuesday (Jan. 7), authorities pulled over a vehicle with a Texas plate after a tag reader alert said the owner had an outstanding warrant.
"[The officer] initiated a traffic stop [and] was able to confirm out of Del Rio, Texas, that the person driving the vehicle was wanted for indecent acts with a child," said Assistant Police Chief Dick Lowry, adding that the charge was equivalent to child molestation in Georgia.
The suspect, who was taken into custody, also was a U.S. border patrol agent.
In another incident that same night, Loganville Police also received a hit on a possible stolen vehicle out of Brookhaven. The officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the female driver didn't comply. They had a short chase until she got out of the vehicle while it was still moving, and she ran off into the woods.
"It ended up being a little too cold to be in the woods hiding from the police on Tuesday night, so she came out and surrendered," said Lowry.
The vehicle also turned out to be involved in an armed robbery and car jacking in Brookhaven, and authorities suspect that the woman arrested was involved in those incidents.
If it wasn't for the tag readers, those vehicles would have driven right through Loganville without a traffic stop.
"The system had worked in doing what it's supposed to be doing," concluded Lowry.
Loganville City Councilman Rey Martinez, who's also the chairman of the Public Safety committee, will be providing a 90-day implementation report of the tag readers for the February council meeting.