Two men were arrested on warrant charges in Jackson County on Dec. 8 after a deputy ran the license tag number of a 1977 Ford truck on Plainview Road that appeared to be driven by Santa Claus.
The deputy spotted a white male with a long beard wearing a red Santa Claus cap and a dark sleeveless shirt, an incident reported filed at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office states.
The deputy ran the vehicle’s tag number through the Georgia Crime Information Center and lost sight of the vehicle while the results returned, showing that the registered owner, Glyndon Coker, had a suspended license for failure to appear and outstanding warrants with Gainesville and Forsyth police departments. After checking the area, the deputy made contact with the vehicle in the driveway of a Pine Tree Circle residence, where a man met him in the yard. The deputy asked the man where the driver was, but the man said he didn’t know. Johnson, did, however, tell the officer the driver’s named was “Glyndon Coker.”
The deputy walked around the residence and made contact with the man he saw driving the LGT, who was still wearing the red Santa hat, the dark sleeveless shirt and camouflage pants.
The man identified himself as Coker. When the deputy asked Coker if he was driving the red Ford truck, Coker responded, “yeah.”
The deputy told Coker he was under arrest for driving on a suspended driver’s license. Warrants from Gainesville and Forsyth were also confirmed.
Christopher Johnson, 42, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Commerce. Another deputy responded to the location and both men were taken to jail.
12/20/12 at 12:24 AM
Even Santa needs to appear when they say appear. What a stupid thing to be charged with. Just show up Santa!
12/21/12 at 01:21 PM
You are ignoring the biggest problem. Santa lives at the North Pole. That makes him an illegal alien. He probably didn't even receive his warrant. This brings up another question. Why was he stopped? Did he have a cracked windsheild? These questions need to be answered.
12/22/12 at 12:28 AM
Well Joe, I don't know of any illegal immigrants who are having trouble getting here. And obviously he was already here. The question is, why was he here? Exploiting dwarfs in the dwarf trade? What about abusing our reindeer? Hmmm... You're right. Many questions need to be answered, that's for sure.
I have no problem with the police doing their job and god knows it not an easy job and it takes a special type of person to do it. But I want to know what he did to get the duputy to run the vehicle’s tag number through the Georgia Crime Information Center. Was he speeding,cracked windsheild, broken tail light or taglight not working which seems to be the reason alot lately or did the duputy just what to check someone for no reason. If they can check someone for no reason who's to say they aren't checking people for personal reasons or has it become a city of "SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS"
Your vehicle license plate can be run at any time to check the insurance status, registration status, etc of your vehicle. It is displayed in plain view and doesn't require any probable cause to run it. In fact, some departments have automatic tag readers mounted on some of their cars ie., Gainesville, Gwinnett, and a few others in the local area.