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Deputies stay on go with arrests for drunk driving, break-ins

SoVaNow.com / May 09, 2018
Break-ins and drunk driving arrests kept deputies with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office busy over the weekend and into Monday.

On Friday, Sgt. Chris Baird arrested a La Crosse woman found slumped over the wheel of her car on Blackridge Road. The suspect, Jennifer Holdorff, was charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.

Baird was on patrol in the 1000 block of Blackridge Road when he observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road. When he approached the vehicle, Baird said he detected the odor of alcohol coming from the driver and administered a field sobriety test. At the conclusion of the test, Baird placed Holdorff under arrest.

She was transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail where she was charged with driving under the influence. The car she was driving was impounded. While conducting a vehicle inventory, Baird recovered a clear bag containing some green plant-like material which tested positive for marijuana. Holdorff was then served with a warrant for possession of marijuana.

On Monday, Baird was again on patrol, this time on Highway 1 near Love’s Travel Center in South Hill. He observed a vehicle making a left turn into the left lane of Highway 1, traveling in the wrong direction. Baird was able to stop the car and as he approached the driver he detected the odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. After administering a field sobriety test, the driver, James Jones, 64 of Brodnax, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

A third driver was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence. Ronald Jones, 37, of Drakes Branch was arrested Saturday near the intersection of Routes 47 and 49 in Chase City after running a stop sign. Jones admitted to Deputy Jamie Thomas he had been drinking. After a field sobriety test was administered, Jones was arrested and transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail where he was served with a warrant for driving under the influence.

Break-ins are once again on the rise around Mecklenburg County. Three instances were reported over the May 5-6 weekend.

Cpl. Byrt Carnes met with a victim on Sunday who reported several items — including a 15 gallon pull-behind sprayer, containers of weed killer, and a Stihl weed trimmer — were taken from a storage building in the 12000 block of Highway 92 near Chase City. A padlock on the building door had been cut off.

Also on Sunday, Deputy Natasha Brown spoke with a homeowner living in the 300 block of Dortch Lane in Clarksville. The victim said someone had broken into their home in the past three weeks, while they were away. Items taken from the home including two televisions, two DVD players, 50 DVDs, a drill, wakeboard, kneeboard, water skis, hand tools, tool box, battery charger, tackle box and rods and reels. Brown found evidence of forced entry into the home.

A .380 semi-automatic pistol missing from a home in the 200 block of Trinity Church Road in South Hill was reported to Deputy Josh Carroll.

These crimes remain under investigation. Anyone with information about these or any cases are asked to contact the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 738-6171 or 888-624-2207 or Mecklenburg County Crime Solvers at (877) 676-8477.

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