2015-09-09 / Front Page

Intoxicated woman steals, wrecks school bus

After Craigs List "hook up" fails
By Elizabeth Billips

A  highly intoxicated Hephzibah woman stole a Burke County school bus after a Craig’s List “hook-up” failed miserably.
Tammy Lynn Rogers, 41, was taken into around 5 p.m. today (Sunday) after she sideswiped a Cadillac at the entrance of Briarcreek Estates Subdivision, according to Cpl. Jay Hollingsworth.
Officers found her crying in the parked school bus, which she had attempted to conceal behind a trailer in the back of the subdivision.   
Rogers claimed to have been picked up in Richmond County and driven to Burke County by a man she connected with on Craig’s List.
At some point, she and her date parked in a field but ended up getting into a fight which quickly turned physical.
“That’s when she took off and decided to steal herself a school bus,” Cpl. Hollingsworth said, noting the bus was parked in a yard off Highway 80 West.
Deputies are in the process of downloading the school bus’ GPS to determine where and how far  Rogers traveled before finally wrecking near Brier Creek.
“She drove right through town but didn’t stop for help at any of the law enforcement agencies,” Cpl. Hollingsworth said. “It looks like she was joyriding.”
According to deputiers, her alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Rogers is charged with felony Theft by Taking, Criminal Interference with Government Property, Driving While License Suspended, Leaving the Scene of Accident, Driving under the Influence (Alcohol), Failure to Maintain Lane, and Classes of Licenses. Rogers is currently being held at the Burke County Jail. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues. The Georgia State Patrol assisted in the investigation.

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