Georgia man found sleeping in stolen car

March 25, 2014

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Georgia man over the weekend on two charges, including one involving a vehicle reported stolen from the Atlanta Metro area.

Timothy Ryan Hooks, 23, whose address according to warrants is listed as 529 Jackson Street in Buford, Ga., was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on Saturday morning on stolen vehicle charges and possession of tools or implements capable of being used in a crime.

Bond was set at $35,000 surety.

According to the incident report, a deputy on routine patrol saw a white vehicle that appeared to be unoccupied in a lane of travel heading toward Toccoa on S.C. 123 near Roberts Road around 4:50 a.m. Saturday.

The deputy found a white male sleeping inside. Two officers from the Westminster Police Department assisted the deputy due to the fact that the man had a blunt object between his legs.

Upon waking up, Hooks turned the car off and put the keys on top of the roof of the car.

Hooks told the officers that he did not have identification or any paperwork in the car.

The vehicle’s identification number showed that it was reported stolen from Gwinnett County, Ga. Hooks then told the officers that he worked for the federal government and was watching abducted kids that were not abducted yet.

Hooks also said he had left the Atlanta area on Friday. The reported stolen vehicle was a 2008 white Mercedes Benz and was towed pending the arrival of the vehicle’s owner.