NWGA Scanner | February 23rd, 2021

Calhoun man found DUI after crashing into ditch on Russell Hill Road

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Friday, February 19th, 2021, Deputy Payne responded to the area of Russell Hill Road and Resaca Lafayette Road for a single-vehicle crash. The deputy arrived and observed a Red Chevrolet 2500 in a ditch in front of 1060 Russell Hill Road. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Phillip White, 46, of Calhoun. The man advised he was headed home from work. While speaking to him, the deputy was observed that a moderate odor of alcoholic beverage was coming from him. the deputy also observed his eyes to be watery and bloodshot. When asked, White admitted to drinking prior to driving. Where showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety testing and showed a BAC reading of .219 on a preliminary breath test. The deputy also learned from Gordon County 911 that White didn’t have a valid driver’s license. White checked out by Advent EMS and cleared. White was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for age over 21 for his blood and refused testing. White was then transported to the Gordon County Jail and charged with DUI, driving without a license, and failure to maintain lane. An empty bottle of Ole Smokey Moonshine, cinnamon-flavored, was found beside the crashed vehicle.