NWGA Scanner | August 1st, 2021

Cohutta man arrested for DUI after early morning traffic stop for headlight violation

According to a Cohutta Police Department incident report, on July 17th, 2021, at around 2:56 AM, Officer Claxton noticed a white in color Dodge pickup truck missing the right-side headlight (in-operative) while patrolling the area of red clay road and Wolfe Street. Officer Claxton reported, “[I] let the vehicle pass me before [I] pulled out onto the road to conduct a traffic stop. [I] then watched the vehicle roll through the four-way stop sign at Wolfe street and Red Clay Road.” The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as Joshua Charles Thompson, 32, Cohutta. Officer Claxton reported, Thompson had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person/breath and that his eyes also appeared glossy/blood-shot along with his speech being slurred. Officer Claxton reported, “Mr. Thompson denied consuming any alcoholic beverages. [I] asked Mr. Thompson if he would consent to an in an alco-sensor for me? Mr. Thompson stated that he did not trust those thing’s.” During standardized field sobriety tests, the officer observed six of six clues during HGN. Thompson showed several clues of impairment during the other test as well. Thompson was then placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Thompson refused Georgia Implied Consent. Officer Claxton reported, “While conducting my vehicle inventory as required by policy, [I] located a coke bottle that was cool to the touch with the seal broken. [I] opened the bottle, and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage was coming from the contents inside the bottle.” Thompson was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with canceled registration, headlight’s requirement stop sign violation, open container, and DUI driving under the influence of alcohol less safe.