Originally created 12/12/04

Across Georgia



Lawmaker imbibes for sobriety challenge

HAMPTON -- State Rep. Lynn Westmoreland had a couple of beers before getting behind the wheel at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday.

The newly elected U.S. Con­gressman drove twice the speed limit and slammed into cones in his vehicle's path – just how organizers of the Holiday Sobriety Challenge wanted to illustrate the effects of driving under the influence.

Mr. Westmoreland joined platinum-selling rapper Da Brat and several local celebrities to demonstrate how drivers are affected even when their blood-alcohol level is.04 – although the legal limit is.08.

The event's special guests tossed back some beer or wine before tackling a course designed to simulate driving on a regular street.

Election for sheriff must be held again

DARIEN -- A judge has ordered a new election for McIntosh County sheriff, after the two candidates finished just 36 votes apart and election officials admitted that some ballots were cast by ineligible voters.

County Commissioner Stephen D. Jessup, who ran against incumbent Charles Jones, challenged the results because of the close outcome.

Police officer charged with enticing child

CARROLLTON -- A police officer who worked as a school resource officer at Mt. Zion High School has been arrested on charges he enticed a child for indecent purposes.

Officer Chris Morris, 42, of Tallapoosa, surrendered to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and was charged with a felony count each of enticing a child for indecent purposes and violating his oath of office.

Sheriff's officials said the child submitted a complaint to authorities Tuesday. They did not specify what Officer Morris was accused of doing.

Boy tried to sell bomb, school official reports

McDONOUGH -- A 14-year-old boy accused of bringing a pipe bomb to a Christian school wanted to sell the device for $35 to pay for Christmas presents, but several classmates thought the price was too steep, the school administrator said.

The roughly 150 students at Lake Dow Christian Academy were evacuated after the incident.

The Rev. James West, the school administrator, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the boy brought the homemade bomb to school but couldn't get any buyers.