NWGA Scanner | December 30th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 22nd, 2021, at around 8:19 PM, Deputy Sharpe stopped a black 2000 Infiniti I30 weaving all over the roadway in front of him on Dawnville Road. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe spoke to the driver Jeffrey Michael Locke, 37, of Chatsworth, and explained the reason for the traffic stop. Deputy Sharpe asked Mr. Locke if he had anything to drink. Mr. Locke stated no. Mr. Locke would not make eye contact or face towards Deputy Sharpe while talking.” According to the report, “Once Locke was out of the vehicle, Deputy Sharpe could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Locke’s breath as he talked. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe also observed Mr. Locke’s eyes to be bloodshot and very watery. Mr. Locke had a lack of smooth pursuit in both of his eyes. Mr. Locke also had distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation, and the onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes.” Locke showed to have alcohol on his breath when he blew into a breathalyzer. Locke was read Georgia implied consent notice for suspects over age 21-year-old and stated he “did not know”. According to the report, “Mr. Locke refused to provided a yes or no.” Deputy Sharpe reported, “After reading the Implied consent, Mr. Locke stated [I] should just let him call his mom and dad to come to pick him up.” Deputy Spivey assisted Deputy Sharpe with searching the vehicle where they located under the driver seat a Sydka vodka. There was a small amount of vodka in the bottle. There were three empty hard seltzers found in the vehicle. There was a silver cup with ice and what smelled to be hard seltzer in the cupholder. There were multiple unopen seltzers in the trunk of the vehicle, along with empty ones. A small bag of marijuana and a marijuana pipe was found in the vehicle. It was placed into evidence to be destroyed. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe transported Mr. Locke to the Whitfield County Sheriff Office. The Booking staff requested Mr. Locke provide a breath sample on the breathalyzer for the purposes of determining when it’s safe to allow him to leave the jail, or he would have to wait eight hours before being released from custody. Mr. Locke refused to provide a breath sample for the jail.” Locke was charged with DUI and open container violation.