Man, Woman Arrested In Early Morning Traffic Stop In Oconee Coun - WSPA.com

Man, Woman Arrested In Early Morning Traffic Stop In Oconee County

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Timothy Howard Elrod was arrested after a traffic stop in Oconee County Wednesday morning. Photo from Oconee County Sheriff's Office. Timothy Howard Elrod was arrested after a traffic stop in Oconee County Wednesday morning. Photo from Oconee County Sheriff's Office.
Ladonnia Kaye Moore was arrested after a traffic stop in Oconee County Wednesday morning. Photo from Oconee County Sheriff's Office. Ladonnia Kaye Moore was arrested after a traffic stop in Oconee County Wednesday morning. Photo from Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

A man and a woman were arrested after a traffic stop in Oconee County early Wednesday morning.

Oconee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Watt stated that Timothy Howard Elrod, 36, of Seneca, and Ladonnia Kaye Moore, 31, also of Seneca, were arrested after authorities were alerted to a suspicious couple at a store in West Union. According to Watt, Elrod was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony, while Moore was charged with possession of methamphetamine, driving under suspension and giving false information to police.

Watt stated that a sheriff's deputy was alerted around 1:20 a.m. about a couple, identified as Elrod and Moore, acting suspiciously at a store in West Union. When the deputy arrived, he noticed Elrod and Moore standing beside a white Nissan Maxima with a 45 day tag. After checking with dispatchers, the deputy was advised that no information was available on the tag.

According to Watt, Elrod and Moore left the scene in the vehicle and the deputy saw the car cross over the fog line and then over a double yellow line on Highway 11. The vehicle then pulled into the left turn lane. Due to the deputy's observations and the vehicle registration not showing up in DMV files, the deputy initiated a traffic stop on West Main Street, just before Torrington Road in West Union, Watt said.

The deputy noticed some suspicious activity inside the vehicle and the couple appeared to be nervous when the deputy approached the car. After asking Moore for her driver's license, registration and proof of insurance, Watt said that she provided the deputy with a false name, false birthday and could not produce a driver's license. Elrod gave the deputy a false vehicle registration and proof of insurance, said Watt.

As the deputy checked on Moore's status, Elrod exited the vehicle and walked to the front of the car and opened the door. The deputy ordered Elrod to return to the car and when he did so, the deputy received an identification on Elrod.

Another deputy arrived on scene and they learned that Moore had a suspended driver's license and Elrod was reported to be a member of a gang, Watt said. Elrod was asked to step out of the car and asked if he had any weapons on him. He admitted that he had a needle in his possession and a subsequent search of his pants led to discovery of a clear plastic bag at the top of his pants.

Moore was asked to step out of the car and during a search, one of the deputies found drug paraphernalia and a small, clear baggie, Watt stated. As the search continued, several more clear baggies were found. A field unit was brought in by Seneca police, and the items tested positive for meth.  

A search of the front area of the car where Elrod had gone to led to the discovery of a handgun between the battery and headlight.

Elrod and Moore were placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center where they are currently being held.   

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