NWGA Scanner | August 18th, 2022

Chatsworth man arrested for DUI after being found in the roadway passed out behind the wheel

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On July 29th, 2022, at 5:46 AM, Deputy Findley received a phone call from Deputy Smith, who was off-duty at this time, advising that a male, later identified as Tommy Edward Kay, 54, of Chatsworth, was passed out in his vehicle on Amazing Way just off of Goodhope Road. According to the report, “Deputy Smith advised that Tommy’s car was blocking the road, and he and another male had to wake Tommy up due to him being slouched over in the driver seat and passed out asleep. Deputy Smith also advised the male told him that he had been drinking all night at a bar prior to driving.” Deputy Findley immediately noticed the strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle when he made contact with Tommy. Deputy Findley also noticed that Tommy’s eyes were glassy. Tommy stated that he pulled into the wrong driveway and that he lived in Murray County. During field sobriety tests, Tommy showed several signs of impairment. Tommy was placed under arrest for DUI and agreed to the state testing. The deputy located a Walmart plastic bag tied up with several opened and empty Bud Light cans inside the vehicle. Deputy Findley also found two more boxes of 18 packs of Bud Lights, unopened. Deputy Findley also observed a cooler in the rear passenger side seat, with a seat belt on, that was filled will Bud Light cans and ice. Tommy was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he showed a BrAC of 0.69. Tommy was booked into the Jail and charged with DUI-less safe and open container violation.