NWGA Scanner | April 28th, 2022

Cartersville man arrested for DUI child endangerment after being stopped for tag light violation in Gordon County

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On Friday, April 15th, 2022, at approximately 12:32 AM, Deputy Jinright conducted a traffic stop on a Black 2008 Honda Accord EX bearing a Georgia tag for no working tag lights on GA-3 near Mauldin Road. According to the report, “Deputy Jinright approached the driver side window and noticed that there were two small juvenile children in the back seat, one sitting in the lap of the other with no seatbelt on. Deputy Jinright then observed a small juvenile child sitting in the front seat passenger’s lap. Deputy Jinright then asked why the juvenile children were not under a safety belt.” The back seat passenger said that she was at her boyfriend’s house and they had gotten into an argument, so the driver, Richard Leon Coats Jr., 27, of Cartersville, and passenger Rhona Leigh Ann, 39, of Calhoun, The back seat passenger Tabitha Leighann White, 29, of Cartersville, said it was her fault the juveniles were not secured under the seatbelt. According to the report, “While standing at the driver side window, Deputy Jinright detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from within the vehicle.” During Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Coats showed several signs of alcohol impairment and showed BAC positive for alcohol on a PBT. According to the report, During one of the test, Coasts almost fell over, and he was then placed under arrest for DUI. Deputy Carnes stood by with the intoxicated occupants until a sober driver could arrive to take them home. Coats was transported to the Gordon County Jail, where he showed a BAC of 0.154 grams on the state test. Coats was charged with DUI Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, D.U.I. Child Endangerment and Safety Belt violations.