NWGA Scanner | April 10th, 2022
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, On April 2nd, 2022, at 12:33 AM, Officer Stanfield responded to a vehicle crash at 3052 Calhoun Road. Officer Stanfield arrived and observed a black Chrysler be in the ditch facing south. The drive, identified as Morgan Brandon Watters, 33, of Calhoun, was speaking with a nearby individual. Officer Stanfield reported, [I] spoke with Watters next, and he stated he was traveling east to go visit his girlfriend when a deer jumped out in front of him. Watters stated that he drove into the ditch in order to avoid hitting the deer. During this time, [I] could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Watters’ person. [I] asked Watters how much he had to drink, and he stated he did not drink. When asked further, Watters stated he did have some to drink, but he was not driving. Watters continued by stating that another individual was in the vehicle with him and was driving. Watters did state that the vehicle belonged to that individual and stated the registration was in the car. [I] attempted to open the car to retrieve said registration, but it was locked. I then had Watters empty his pockets due to believing he had the key to the vehicle on his person. Watters did empty his right pocket, but it was clear that there was still something in there. [I] instructed Watters to take out what was in that pocket, and he did. [I] observed Watters take out a key “fob” to a vehicle. [I] did retrieve said key from Watters and asked what vehicle it went to. Watters stated it was to his other vehicle. Once he said that [I] did attempt to lock the vehicle. The key “fob” did lock the vehicle. When asked why he was lying to me, Watters immediately turned around and placed his hands behind his back. [I] attempted to get Watters to turn around and face me and ask him if he would perform field sobriety, but he continued to stay faced away from me.” Officer Wade also attempted to get him to relax and speak with them, but he would not. Watters then stated that he had been drinking and that he did wreck the vehicle in the ditch. Watters was placed under arrest for DUI and read implied consent to which he refused by stating, “No, I will get a lawyer.” The owner of the vehicle did arrive and began speaking with Watters, who admitted to the owner that he fell asleep while driving the vehicle. Watters was then transported to the Floyd County Jail, where he was charged with DUI and failure to maintain a single lane.