A trio of area men were arrested Monday by the Columbus Police Department on felony charges.
Thomas Lee Townsend, 42, of 3555 Doss Drive in West Point, was arrested shortly after 1:40 a.m. Monday and charged with one count of felony driving under the influence and misdemeanor charges of failure to obey a police officer.
The charges came after CPD officer Thomas Pearson noticed Townsend”s red Isuzu Pup driving on a curb while traveling north on Bluecutt Road. According to Pearson, the passenger side of Townsend”s vehicle was elevated on the curb while it was traveling along the road.
After Pearson stopped Townsend in the parking lot of the Huddle House near the intersection of Bluecutt Road and Military Road, Townsend exited the vehicle and attempted to enter the restaurant, despite Pearson ordering the suspect to stop.
Pearson then arrested Townsend and discovered the suspect was intoxicated, driving with a suspended driver”s license and had been charged with two prior DUI counts. After Townsend arrived at CPD headquarters, he refused to take an alcohol breath test and was transported to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.
As of this morning, bond for the suspended driver”s license charge and the failure to obey charge was set at $1,183. No bond had been set for the DUI charge.
Damien Devonte Fenton, 19, of 415 24th St. N. in Columbus, was arrested Monday by the CPD and charged with one count of burglary of a dwelling.
The charge is related to a previous area burglary. Further details of the burglary are being withheld, pending further arrests and a CPD investigation.
As of this morning, no bond or preliminary hearing had been set for Fenton.
Keith Toshun Patmon, 21, of 4521 Highway 373, No. 53, in Columbus, Monday was arrested and charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of driving with a suspended driver”s license and one count of providing false information to a police officer.
The charges came after police discovered Patmon left the scene of a Saturday morning accident at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Eighth Street South. The suspect later was located and arrested by CPD officers Wade Beard and Robert Walker.
Bond for the charges was set at $1,489, and Patmon is scheduled to appear in court May 6.
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