NWGA Scanner | May 17th, 2021
According to a Floyd County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on May 9th, 2021, at around 2:17 AM, Officer Puckett responded to assist Officer Masciovecchio with a possible suspicious vehicle in the 6200 block of Rockmart Road. Dispatch advised us that the vehicle was supposed to be sitting beside a driveway. Officer Puckett reported, “Once in the area [I] observed a black Chevy Suburban sitting on the west side of the roadway, still partially in the roadway, with its hazard lights on and facing south. [I] observed a male, Identified as Charles Edward Washington, 39, of Atlanta, asleep or “passed out” inside of the vehicle. Charles was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and was the sole occupant. The key to the vehicle was still in the ignition.” Officer Puckett began knocking on the driver’s side window to try and wake Charles. After the second time of knocking on the window, Charles did briefly open his eyes but immediately closed them again, according to the report. The officer requested an ambulance respond to the location for fear that it may be some sort of medical emergency. Shortly after requesting the ambulance, Charles did wake up and opened the driver’s side door. Charles said that he was just tired and stopped to sleep. Charles’ speech was sluggish and slurred. Charles produced a title for the vehicle from his pocket and stated that he had just purchased the vehicle a few hours prior. Charles went on to say several times that he purchased the vehicle in Conyers, GA. Charles went on to say that he was trying to get the vehicle back to his residence. When asked where that residence was located, he said that it was “just around the corner” and that it was in Fulton County, GA. Officer Puckett reported, “[I] asked Charles if he knew where he was at currently and said that he did not know exactly but that we were in Fulton. [I] asked Charles how he ended up where he was, and he said that he made a wrong turn.”
While speaking with Charles, the officer could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and person. Charles then admitted he had drunk alcohol and stated that he had drunk Gin and a beer. While speaking with Charles, the officer was able to observe that his eyes appeared droopy and bloodshot. Charles showed several clues of impairment and said that he was an alcoholic. Charles was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state breathe testing. The result of Charles’ breath test indicated a BrAC of 0.174. Charles was transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol and open container violation.