NWGA Scanner | November 30th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on November 13th, 2021, at around 10:30 PM, while on routine patrol Lt. Gibson observed a truck traveling southbound on the south Bypass in the area of Pleasant Drive. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson’s attention was drawn to the vehicle due to it traveling at a slower speed than much of the other traffic. As Lt. Gibson observed the driving of the vehicle, he noticed it drift side to side within its lane, an indicator of a possible impaired driver. The vehicle eventually slowed further as it approached the intersection of Old Grade Road, changed to the right turn lane without signaling, and then turned onto Old Grade Road.” The deputy followed behind the 2010 black Ford F150 and observed the truck drift across the centerline, then swerve back into its lane. Once the vehicle was stopped, Lt. Gibson approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, and he began to speak with the driver, later identified as Jeffery Thomas Hill, 40, Chatsworth. According to the report, Lt. Gibson’s first observations of Mr. Hill were that his eyelids were droopy, his eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. Mr. Hill stated he was alright and that he had been drinking. As Mr. Hill exited the vehicle, he began to get emotional, explaining that he had recently experienced several unfortunate events in his life. Mr. Hill explained that he had been at a friend’s residence consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking marijuana. Mr. Hill indicated that Lt. Gibson did not need to have Mr. Hill perform standardized field sobriety testing and that he was “drunk”.” Hill was then placed under arrest for DUI. Lt. Gibson read Mr. Hill Georgia Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 and Older, but Mr. Hill refused the state-administered chemical test of his blood, breath, and urine. Hill was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with failure to maintain lane and DUI less safe.