NWGA Scanner | December 31st, 2020
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 23rd, 2020, at around 11:33 PM, Lt. O’Mahony, responded to I-75 southbound near exit 336 in reference to a BOLO for a possible impaired driver. Dispatch advised they received a report of a gray Volvo Station Wagon with a Florida tag that was driving in all lanes and almost causing several crashes. Dispatch updated the location of the vehicle until the deputy observed the vehicle passing the southbound on-ramp at exit 336. The deputy observed the vehicle swerve out of the left lane and onto the emergency shoulder. The vehicle almost completely left its lane of travel near mile marker 332. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was later identified as Earl Maurice Johnson, 41, of West Palm Beach, Florida. Johnson then stated the reason he did that because of the steering wheel. The deputy asked Johnson what was wrong with the steering wheel, and he stated it just does that. The deputy advised Johnson he could detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. Johnson stated that he was just smoking a Joint. Johnson stated that he hadn’t had anything to drink. When asked to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Test, Johnson stated he would and that he only had one drink. The deputy reminded Johnson that he stated he had not been drinking. Johnson then stated that it was like two hours ago in Kentucky when he went to a bar and had two Remy’s. Johnson showed several clues of impairment during the test and showed positive results for alcohol during an Alco-Sensor test. Johnson was then placed under arrest for DUI- driving under the influence. Johnson agreed to take the state-administered test of his breath after. Being read Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or Over. Johnson was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he was administered the state breath test on the Intoxilizer 9000 by Dalton Police Officer Selby with a result of .082. Johnson was charged with DUI-alcohol, 0.08g or more within 3 hours or more, and failure to maintain lane.