NWGA Scanner | September 14th, 2021
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on September 9th, 2021, at around 9:30 PM, Officer Puckett was dispatched to the intersection of Hardin Drive and Lakemont Drive in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The officer arrived and observed a burgundy RAM 1500 sitting at an angle in the roadway blocking travel from both Hardin Drive and Lakemont Drive. Officer Puckett reported, “[I] observed several civilians standing around the vehicle, and a male, identified as William “Dan” Snipes, 46 of Dallas, was leaning on the driver’s side bed rail of the truck. Due to the location of the vehicle, [I] activated my patrol vehicle’s emergency lights as [I] arrived. Dan stood upright and proceeded to walk toward the driver’s side seat of the vehicle. [I] could immediately see that Dan was very unsteady on his feet. Dan almost fell out of the truck while getting into the driver’s seat. However, he was able to get into the driver’s seat of the truck. That is where [I] made initial contact with him. Dan was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Dan was very slow in his responses to me. When Dan did respond to me, he was slurring his speech heavily. [I] was able to see that Dan had bloodshot and watery eyes, and [I] could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person.” Dan was asked if he had been drinking and advised that he had not but then that he had been. According to the report, Dan’s story continued to be inconsistent during the interaction.
As Dan was exiting the vehicle, he outreached his hand and grabbed the officer’s patrol vehicle to steady himself, so he didn’t fall. Dan had to continue to hold the officer’s hand and be assisted with walking to the front of the patrol vehicle. During Horizontal Gaze, Nystagmus Dan showed all clues of being impaired. According to the report, Dan was then placed under arrest for DUI. According to the report, “Dan was read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice for breathe testing, and he agreed. Dan was transported to the Floyd County Police Department for chemical testing. Once at the station, Dan would not blow into the machine. Dan was advised that if he did not blow into the machine, then he would presume it to be a refusal. Again, Dan would not blow into the machine, and refusal was logged.” Dan was transported to the Floyd Sheriff’s Office for booking without incident. Dan was transported to the Floyd County Jail, charged with DUI.