Carroll County Sheriff’s Department

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DUI, Firearm Violation

•J. Matilde Alonzo Borija, Jr., 29, of Mississippi was charged with DUI and possession of a handgun while intoxicated during a Feb. 27 traffic stop on Highway 70.

Deputy Steven Scott reported that he pulled over a vehicle driven by Borija after observing the vehicle swerving back and forth, crossing over the center line several times, and, at one point, coming to a complete stop in the center of the roadway. When asked if he had been drinking, Borija told the deputy he had consumed nine beers. Borija performed poorly on field-sobriety tests, and he scored a .185 on a breath test. A .40 caliber handgun was found in Borija’s possession.

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Vehicle Fire

•A vehicle was destroyed by fire on Feb. 28 on County Farm Lane near Huntingdon.

According to the report by Deputy Michael Taylor, Elijah Tower of Lexington was traveling on County Farm Lane in a 2017 Ford F150 pickup truck when he noticed smoke and flames coming from the glove box area. Taylor pulled over and unhitched his trailer and four-wheeler and called 911. The truck was fully engulfed in flame by the time firefighters arrived at the scene. The fire was extinguished, but the truck was a total loss.

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•Deputies are investigating the recent theft of a trailer and other items from private property on Highway 424 in Yuma.

Trent C. Gooch told deputies on March 3 that he had come home from work at around 5 p.m. and found that his black 2020 Oriel 12-foot utility trailer was missing from where it had been parked in front of his shop. He then found that his shop had been broken into, and his 2019 Gravely red zero-turn lawnmower and his red Honda 420 four-wheeler had also been stolen. The three items were valued together at $13,000. Security cameras on the property showed two subjects coming on the property at around 1:30 p.m. and leaving the property with the stolen items a few minutes later. It is believed the suspects drove off toward Henderson County.

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•Deputies are investigating the recent burglary of a residence near Huntingdon.

Clayton Sikes told deputies on March 4 that someone broke into his residence on Tate Loop Road. Sikes said he left for a doctor’s appointment at around 7:30 a.m., and when he returned at around 11 a.m., he found that items had been taken from the residence, including an Xbox gaming device valued at $400, a Sig Sauer P290 9-mm pistol valued at $500, and a 55” Vizio TV valued at $400. It is believed the burglar(s) entered through the rear of the home.

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Missing Firearm

•A firearm was recently reported as missing from a residence near Huntingdon.

Daniel Meyer of Florida told deputies on March 4 that he had recently been in the home of his brother, John Robert Meyer, who passed away on Feb. 21, and he found that the Smith & Wesson 9-mm handgun that had belonged to his brother was missing. The gun was valued at $425.99.

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Stolen Vehicle

•Deputies are looking into the recent theft of a vehicle in Hollow Rock.

Heshel Paul told deputies on Feb. 25 that a particular person had stolen his 2009 red Chevrolet Impala from his residence on Seminary Street. While Paul gave the name of the person he said stole the car, no one had been arrested as of the time of the report. The vehicle was valued at $7,000.

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Felony Evading

•James Allen Yants, 41, of Dyersburg was charged with reckless driving and felony evading following a March 9 high-speed pursuit in Carroll and Henry Counties.

According to the report by Deputy Michael Taylor, on March 8 he received a dispatch about Weakley County deputies pursuing a vehicle on Highway 22 going into McKenzie, and Taylor spotted the vehicle and joined in the pursuit at College Drive. Another deputy threw out spike strips, but the vehicle swerved and missed them. Taylor continued to pursue through the City of Henry but then stopped his pursut because he felt it to be too dangerous. Taylor noted that the vehicle had reached speeds of up to 120 mph while dodging through traffic and sometimes swerving into the emergency lane. Yants, the driver of the vehicle, was located later that evening by a THP air unit in Henry County.

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