Alita M. Cleaton

LAWRENCEVILLE – Alita M. Cleaton, 48, from Lawrenceville is charged with strangulation: results in wounding/bodily injury on April 8, 2021 and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

Captain Brad Evans with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy A. S. Grassel responded to Pinecrest Apartment for an assault with injuries. The victim had a fresh red bruise on her neck line that beginning to swell. The victim stated that Cleaton came in her house without permission and thought she used a key to gain entry.

Evans said that she and Cleaton’s son were once in a relationship and he had a key but the victim thought he had given the key back. The victim said that she and Cleaton started to argue and Cleaton held her down placing both hands around her neck squeezing. The victim stated that she could not breathe while this was happening. After several minutes Cleaton let the victim go and left. The victim wrote a statement and said she wanted to press charges against Cleaton.

Evans said Brunswick EMS transported the victim to VCU/CMH for her injuries. Grassel cleared the scene and went to 108 West Fifth Avenue in Lawrenceville and met with Cleaton. Sergeant K. Jones arrived earlier and advised Cleaton of her rights. Cleaton admitted going to the apartment but denied assaulting the victim.

Grassel asked Cleaton to step outside to talk with him away from all of her family and she admitted having a key to the apartment. Grassel placed her under arrest and transported her to the Meherrin River Regional Jail. She was held on no bond due to the nature of the charge.

In other matters Joshua Anthony Mims, 30, from Charlotte, N.C. is charged with eluding police, a felony, and reckless driving, speeding on April 6, 2021.

Evans said Sergeant K. Jones was working stationary radar on Interstate 85 south near mile marker 28 when he noticed a vehicle in the left lane traveling at a high rate of speed, checked at 96 mph in a 70 mph zone. Jones initiated a traffic stop. He noticed the vehicle hit the brake and cross across the right lane in front of a tractor-trailer causing the tractor trailer to hit the brakes and then the vehicle got off the ramp. The vehicle never stopped at the stop sign and appeared to try to turn left onto Route 1 but changed and went across the ditch. The vehicle then slowed down and pulled over onto the side of the road. The driver stated that his license was expired and he was only driving because the passenger was falling asleep behind the wheel and when he saw law enforcement, he panicked. Mims was arrested and taken before a magistrate.