Man with gun, drugs and child in car arrested in Athens


William Dwight Heard

A Madison County man was arrested early Wednesday after drugs and gun were found in a car that had a 13-year-old child as a passenger, Athens-Clarke County police said.

An officer was on patrol on Commerce Road at about 3:15 a.m. when he saw a car driven by 46-year-old William Dwight Heard of Bugg Road in Hull exiting the Bulldog Inn motel, police said.

The officer decided to follow the car and run its information because it came from “a location well known to police where drugs, prostitution and other illicit activities take place,” the officer wrote in a report.

The officer conducted a traffic stop on the car after a 911/communications officer alerted him that the vehicle’s registration had been suspended, there was no information that the car was insured and that felony probation warrants for the man’s arrest were on file in Athens.

The warrants stemmed from Heard’s convictions on charges of pointing a gun at another and disorderly conduct, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

A 13-year-old boy who had the same address as Heard was the front-seat passenger, and during the traffic stop an unidentified woman who called Heard’s cellphone told the officer the boy was her son and that he and Heard were supposed to be driving to a relative’s house to pick up a breathing machine for the child’s asthma, police said.

When a backup officer arrived a pat down of Heard turned up a crack pipe, a pill bottle that contained rocks of crack cocaine, police said, and a handgun was located in his vehicle.

Heard was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug-related objects, driving a vehicle with a suspended registration, and no proof of insurance, police said.

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