NWGA Scanner | June 22nd, 2021

Calhoun teen arrested for DUI after drinking at Armuchee Park and crashing into fence at the airport

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on June 14th, 2021, at around 10:00 PM, Officer C. Forrister, along with Officer T. Pelanek, responded to Jones Mill Road in regards to a vehicle crash. Officer Forrister reported, “Once on the scene [I] was able to see that a vehicle had been traveling on Jones Mill Rd. and had traveled through a fence that bordered this road. This fence belongs to the Richard B. Russell airport.” Officer Pelanek was on scene and speaking with the driver Issac Elmer Dye, 18, of Calhoun, near the crash scene. Officer Forrister reported, “[I] began to speak with the passenger Braxton Caldwell who was standing away from the wreck scene leaned up against a white Nissan car of a female who had not been involved with the wreck. When [I] asked what had occurred [I] did notice while Braxton spoke that his eyes seemed red and glossy and when [I] asked if the driver had been drinking, he advised that he did not know, [I] did continue to ask Braxton to answer the question and was eventually able to get Braxton to admit that they had both been drinking while they had been at Armuchee Park.” Officer Pelanek also advised that Issac was under the influence. According to the report, Officer Forrister asked Issac questions about drinking, and he advised that he had 3 or 4 beers and some Four Loko’s. Officer Forrister asked Issac to perform field sobriety evaluations. Issac advised the officer that he would not pass them but agreed to do them anyways. Officer Forrister reported, “[I] also asked Issac about where he had gotten the alcohol due to the fact he was only 18, and he informed me that he had been able to purchase it himself at Rainbow Corner in Sonoraville.” (The Gordon County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday, June 15th, to permanently revoke the beer and wine license of Rainbow Corner) Issac showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety evaluations and showed a positive result of .132 for BAC on roadside AlcoSensor. Issac was then placed under arrest for DUI. Braxton did show a positive result for BAC and was issued a citation for being underage and under the influence of alcohol by Officer Pelanek. During the transport to the police department, the officer was advised by Issac that a 14-year-old had been in the back seat during the crash. Once at the Floyd County Police Department, Issac did provide a breath sample with the state-administered test and a result of 0.156 BAC. Issac was then transported to the Floyd County Jail charged with underage furnishing of alcohol, DUI – driving under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21, and failure to maintain lane.