A local nursery owner has been arrested after he allegedly lied to a sheriff’s department detective about one of his vehicles being stolen.
James Hearl Pirtle, 80, was charged with filing a false police report on Feb. 18. According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Pirtle reported that his 2000 Jeep had been stolen from his nursery knowing that the SUV had been loaned to another person.
Ray said "A sheriff’s department detective was investigating a theft report made by Pirtle. He reported that his 2000 model Jeep had been stolen from his nursery in DeKalb County. Through the detective’s investigation, it was found that the Jeep was not stolen. Pirtle came to the sheriff’s office to speak with the detective about the report he had made. The detective read Pirtle his Miranda rights. Pirtle admitted that the vehicle was not stolen, but that he had let someone borrow the Jeep and allowed them to take it to another county. During this interview, Pirtle answered several of the detective’s questions with false statements. He was placed under arrest."
Pirtle’s bond was set at $5,000, and he will appear in court on March 12.
Caleb Shain Parker, 21, of Alexandria was charged with domestic assault on Feb. 22.
The sheriff said a deputy was dispatched to a Nashville Highway home spoke with a woman who said that she and Parker had been arguing, and that he had kicked her in the thigh while she was sitting in a chair in the bedroom. Parker allegedly admitted to kicking the woman, and was placed under arrest.
His bond was set at $1,500, and he will appear in court on March 5.
Clayton Allen Moore, 32, was charged with a second offense of driving under the influence on Feb. 20.
The sheriff said a deputy was dispatched to a vehicle accident on Highway 56, and found a black Dodge Ram 1500 that Moore had been driving. He allegedly discovered Moore nearby, walking down Highland Avenue. Moore reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his person, his speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet.
Ray said the man performed poorly on field sobriety tasks, and was was arrested and taken to the emergency room for a blood withdrawal, then to the sheriff’s department for booking.
Moore’s first DUI conviction was in Putnam County in 2008. His bond was set at $3,000, and he will appear in court on March 5.