NWGA Scanner | June 10th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on June 4th, 2021, at approximately 12:51 AM, Deputy Buchanan arrived at 1501 North Thornton Avenue in reference to assisting detectives. According to the report, “the two Detectives had pulled over a grey Toyota Camry for failure to maintain lane and improper lane change.” Before Deputy Buchanan’s arrival, a detective had asked for permission to search the driver Janice Spurlock, 47, of Chatsworth and her vehicle. The detective had obtained consent from the Spurlock. According to the report, “Spurlock then stated that she had cut the detectives off, and she was on her phone when she did so. Deputy Buchanan then asked Ms. Spurlock if she felt that she was ok to drive. Ms. Spurlock stated she had benzo’s in her system and had not taken any Valium in “a couple” days. Ms. Spurlock noted that she had been to the ER last night and been given Tramadol and other pain medication for her arthritis. Ms. Spurlock stated that she “gets like this” because her doctor had increased her daytime medicine from 150 milligrams to 250 milligrams, and she was still “getting used to it.” A detective then approached Spurlock with a spray deodorant can, asking Spurlock about the white crystalline substance on the bottom of the can. The detective asked if it was methamphetamine, to which Spurlock stated that it probably was. According to the report, “Spurlock then said that she wanted to take a blood test to prove that she was not on methamphetamine. Deputy Buchanan then read Ms. Spurlock the Georgia implied consent and asked for her blood and urine. Ms. Spurlock stated that she would submit to the test.” Spurlock was transported to the Whitfield County Jail. While at the jail, field sobriety tests were conducted where Spurlock showed several clues of impairment. Spurlock was charged with possession of methamphetamine, DUI drugs less safe, distracted driving, failure to maintain lane, and turning moments, changing lanes.