Traffic Stops Lead To Arrests

Two separate traffic stops recently result in multiple arrests.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said the first incident occurred earlier this week when deputies from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office attempted a traffic stop Monday at about 4:30 p.m. on Mize Road.

“Before the traffic stop could be completed, the individual fled the vehicle on foot,” said Shirley.  “The deputy gave chase but lost sight of him.”

While the driver was able to get away, Shirley said he was known to authorities.

“The deputy knew who the individual was,” said Shirley.  “After talking to the owner of the vehicle, the owner said the vehicle was actually stolen.”

Deputies identified the driver as 40-year-old Dennis Mitchell Scroggs of Toccoa.

Warrants have been issued for his arrest on charges of Theft by Taking a Motor Vehicle and Obstruction of an Officer.

Meanwhile, Shirley identified the owner of the vehicle as 40-year-old Crystal Rollins of Toccoa.

As part of the investigation, Shirley said his office searched a Scott Circle residence where Rollins was located and arrested Rollins for Possession of Methamphetamine.

In a second, separate incident, the sheriff said agents from the Mountain Judicial Circuit N.C.I.S. Drug Team, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit stopped a vehicle on Oak   Valley Road on October 22.

“As a result of the stop, they were able to retrieve some contraband that was indicated by a K-9 drug dog,” said Shirley, who added a test showed the substance to be methamphetamine.

Authorities arrested 48-year-old James Loyd Griffin of Toccoa on one count of Possession of Methamphetamine.