New Castle County Police have arrested one man and two women near New Castle after the man allegedly solicited sex from the two females who were passengers in his vehicle.
Early this morning, Aug. 23, at 12:30 a.m., officers were near the intersection of Route 13 and Route 40 when they observed a dark colored Ford F-150 pickup driving in an erratic manner.
Officers observed the vehicle as the driver made an improper lane change, before swerving and failing to maintain a lane while traveling south on Route 273. The driver had also failed to signal while making a U-turn and proceeded to travel on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of Route 13.
Officers pulled over the vehicle in the parking lot of an area motel and talked to the three occupants:
Thomas Sidebothom, 51, of Newark;
Kimberly Geathers, 42, of New Castle;
Attiladine Gray, 48, of Wilmington.
At that time, Sidebothom was sitting in the driver's seat and appeared extremely nervous, police said. Geathers and Gray were occupying the passenger seats. Police learned that Sidebothom was driving erratically due to distractions within the vehicle.
Police also learned that he had solicited sex from Geathers and Gray and the three were headed to an area motel.
Police then discovered that Geathers was in possession of 16 small individual rocks of crack cocaine (.85 grams) which she recently purchased.
Thomas Sidebothom was charged with patronizing a prostitute, and was also issued traffic citations for improper lane change, driving with a suspended license and several other traffic offenses, police said. He was released on his own recognizance for a court appearance at a later date.
Kimberly Geathers was charged with possession of crack cocaine and prostitution, police said. She was arraigned and released on $1,500 unsecured bond to await another court appearance.
Attiladine Gray was charged with prostitution and released on her own recognizance to await another court appearance, police said.