Monticello Police Officer Kyle Berryman was on patrol in the area of Highway 425 North on Monday, March 18, when he noticed a vehicle parked at the AT&T store that matched a complainant’s description of a vehicle that had been parked at the Super 8 Motel a few nights the following week.
According to his report, the MPD had received complaints from the Motel of someone knocking on doors in the middle of the night and the vehicle description matched that of the vehicle spotted at AT&T days later.
When Berryman called dispatch to run the tag, it returned belonging to a vehicle owned by Rickey Baines. Berryman was informed by the day-shift Sgt. that Baines was living at 162 Tracy Drive and was not registered at that address.
While on the phone to the shift supervisor, Berryman noticed a male subject walking up to the car. The officer made contact with the subject and asked him his name. “Rickey Baines,” the man replied and Berryman asked to see his identification.
While Baines was searching for his drivers license, he told the officer that he lived at 162 Tracy Drive. When Baines produced his identification, it also listed the address of 162 Tracy Drive.
Baines was placed under arrest and transported to the Drew County Detention Facility where he was charged with failure to register as a sex offender and was held until his first court appearance.
Traffic stop leads to man’s arrest for DWI, driving on a suspended license and fleeing
During the evening hour Saturday, Monticello Police Officer Rick Fleming passed a vehicle, described as a small, white 4-door car, traveling South on Conley Street.
According to his report, Fleming witnessed the vehicle “cross over into the North bound lane where it stayed for about 20 yards.”
Fleming turned his patrol car around to follow the vehicle and “further observe the driving.” While in observance, Fleming witnessed the car “run a stop sign right in front of me.”
In his report, Fleming states that he turned on his emergency lights and attempted to pull the vehicle over but the driver continued for another four blocks. Eventually the vehicle stopped at a residence at the end of Railroad Street.
Fleming states that at this time he immediately approached the vehicle and the driver began “trying to get out of the car and started arguing and resisting arrest. The officer’s reports states that once the handcuffs were applied to the male subject, he continued to “be loud trying to get as many people to come outside the residence as possible” while continuously pulling away from the officer during the trip to his vehicle.
Laron K. White, 24, of 428 E. Godbold St. in Monticello was arrested and charged with DWI while in operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and fleeing.
Disturbance call ends in third degree battery arrest
Monticello Police Officer Billy Barnett was dispatched to the 1200 block of N. Griffith St. in Monticello on Saturday after dispatched received a disturbance call from the area.
Upon arrival at the scene, Barnett made contact with a witness and a victim who claimed that Tyler Wayne Smith, 21, of Monticello, had assaulted one of them. The victim showed red marks on the their body to the officer and Smith was placed under arrest and charged with third degree battery. Both victim and witness provided the officer with a written statements.