A Florida man driving a car stolen from Richmond County was arrested Tuesday night after he asked an on-duty, uniformed state trooper for gas money.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper First-Class Russell Waters was nearing the end of his shift Tuesday night, around 9:55 p.m., when he stopped at a gas station near the intersection of Hwy. 67 and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, he said.
A man, later identified as Junior Louis Pierre, of Minnesota Street, Lantana, Fla., approached Waters, asking for $10 gas money, he said.
Waters had received a “bolo,” or “be on the lookout” earlier for a 2013 Honda Civic that had been stolen from Richmond County. When he asked Pierre what he was driving, Waters recognized the car as the one reported stolen.
Waters immediately placed Pierre, 22, under arrest for wanted person (auto theft) charges stemming from Richmond County after the suspect admitted driving the stolen car. Pierre did not resist, he said.
Pierre was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he is held pending extradition to Richmond County.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.