NWGA Scanner | June 14th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On June 6th, 2022, at 10:47 PM, Officer Bleecker and Officer Stanfield were dispatched to the area of the Southwest Bypass near Blacks Bluff Road in reference to a possible impaired driver. According to the report, Dispatch advised that the concerned citizen was out with the vehicle and believed the driver to be impaired due to the admittance from the driver and from seeing an opened 12 pack of beer in the passenger floorboard.” Officers arrived and found a vehicle partially in the inside lane for the Southbound lanes. Officer Bleecker did park the patrol vehicle in the inside lane in order to keep cars out of that lane so the vehicle would not get hit. The concerned citizen stated that he observed the driver of the vehicle turning around in the cut-offs numerous times. He stated that he stopped out with the driver to see if he needed any help and could tell that his speech was thick. He also observed the opened 12 packs of beer on the floorboard. He did state that he could not smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and also stated that the driver could not walk without falling. Officer Bleecker made contact with the driver, Michael Landon Lee, 70, of Clanton, AL, who stated he was trying to get his motorcycle to the motorcycle shop. Officer Bleecker reported that while speaking with Lee, he suspected possible impairment due to the way that Lee was speaking and due to the open “Busch” 12-pack that was in the floorboard. Officer Bleecker also advised that there was a “pile” of empty “Busch” cans in the back floorboard. According to the report, “Officer Bleecker asked how much Lee had to drink on the listed night, and Lee stated “about three beers.” Lee also stated he last had a beer about 30 minutes prior to driving. Field sobriety tests were not conducted due to Lee being blind and could barely walk. Lee was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state test for his blood. Lee was transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was booked for DUI Driving Under the Influence – Less Safe.