Madison County Sheriff David Harper reports that on Monday March 15, 2021 at 10:24 A.M., Deputy Ben Pike was working a speed and aggressive driving traffic assignment on Colin Kelly Highway north of Pinetta.
Deputy Pike observed a gray Toyota sedan traveling northbound at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Deputy Pike confirmed his observation with a radar clock of the Toyota at 78 miles per hour in the posted 60 mile per zone. Deputy Pike attempted to conduct a traffic stop near the intersection of N.E. Pineapple Street, however the driver, later identified as Tarvis Williams of Valdosta Georgia, turned west onto N.E. Pineapple Street, and accelerated in an attempt to elude Deputy Pike.
Deputy Pike caught up to the Toyota approximately one-half mile west of Colin Kelly on N.E. Pineapple Street where Williams decided to comply and stopped his vehicle. Additional deputies arrived at the location of the vehicle stop. As Williams was removed from his vehicle and detained, Deputy Pike smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the Toyota.
Sergeant Odell Livingston located a gallon sized plastic zip lock style bag lying in the road near the Toyota that contained suspected marijuana. Williams admitted that he was “scared”, so he threw the marijuana out of his car window just prior to stopping. Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the Madison County Jail without further incident.
Tarvis Marquez Williams
Valdosta, GA 31601
1. Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams
2. Tampering with evidence