NWGA Scanner | October 13th, 2022
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On September 24th, 2022, at 2:56 PM, Cpl. Hensley was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash in the area of Hill City Road at Gibson Trail. Cpl. Hensley reported, “While en route to the crash, [I] heard Pickens County Dispatch advise that the subject on scene sounded to be under the influence. They also advised that the subject was refusing EMS and didn’t want any blue lights on the scene and that he would be calling his own tow truck. [I] spoke with the subject (John New, 47, of Jasper) standing outside his overturned 2001 Jeep Wrangler and asked if he was ok. New stated that he was fine and was just coming into the curve too fast. Cpl. Hensley reported that he noticed New’s eyes appeared to be bloodshot and watery. Cpl. Hensley also smelled the strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. Cpl. Hensley reported that New continued to turn his head away from him and was giving him very short answers. New refused to answer any questions about how much he had to drink and also refused field sobriety testing along with the state testing of his blood. New was then placed under arrest for DUI and searched. Cpl. Hensley reported, “[I] located two challenge coins, labeled CMANS (Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad). [I] asked the subject if he worked for that unit, and he stated that he was in that unit and he stated that he was in charge of the unit (Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Maj. John New). [I] requested that the deputy on the scene make sure that jail staff was familiar with the situation and had all other inmates secured away from the booking area prior to our arrival.” New was booked into Pickens County Jail and charged with DUI alcohol less safe, and failure to maintain a single lane. New notified his supervisor of the incident immediately and was placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted.