NWGA Scanner | August 14th, 2021
According to Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Sunday, August 8th, 2021, at approximately 7:50 PM, Sgt. Powell with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office Community Crime Prevention Unit was dispatched to the Circle K gas station located at 808 South Wall Street in reference to a possible impaired driver in a green Ford F-150. According to the report, “As Sgt. Powell approached he observed a vehicle matching the description leave the gas station and begin traveling north on Highway 41. The vehicle then turned right onto Peters Street. Shortly after turning onto Peters Street, Sgt. Powell observed the vehicle cross the double yellow line and travel into the opposite lane.” Sgt Powell attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued driving as if the driver, later identified as Joey Allen Lee, 46, of Adairsville, did not notice the blue lights. According to the report, the deputy had to then activated his audible siren to get the driver’s attention. Immediately upon stopping, Lee opened his door and began to exit the vehicle. According to the report, “Sgt. Powell ordered Mr. Lee to remain inside the vehicle. Mr. Lee then started the vehicle as if he was going to drive off. Sgt. Powell ordered Mr. Lee to turn off the vehicle, and he complied. Upon approaching the vehicle Sgt. Powell smelled a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and raw marijuana. Sgt. Powell asked Mr. Lee to exit the vehicle. Mr. Lee was very unsteady on his feet and almost fell multiple times.” Sgt. Powell then asked Lee if he had been drinking, to which he stated that he had drunk about a pint but was unsure what it was that he had been drinking. Lee refused to perform field sobriety testing, stating that he would not take any tests. Lee was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence. According to the report, “While Sgt. Powell was searching Mr. Lee incident to arrest, Mr. Lee became irate and asked Sgt. Powell if he was trying to “f**k him.” Sgt. Powell instructed Lee to lean up against his tailgate, so he didn’t fall. Lee was unable to follow this simple instruction and continued to try to walk around, almost falling multiple times. According to the report, “Mr. Lee stated to an Officer with the Calhoun Police Department that he had drunk too much to be driving. Mr. Lee stated that he was not going to get into the back seat of a patrol car unless the handcuffs were taken off. Eventually, Mr. Lee was placed into the back seat of a Calhoun Police Department Patrol car. Once inside the patrol car Mr. Lee requested that they drive to the jail with the patrol car door open.” Lee was transported to the Gordon County Jail charged with DUI – driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain lane, and marijuana-possess less than 1 oz.