NWGA Scanner | February 19th, 2021
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on February 14th, 2021, at around 1:36 AM, a Georgia State Patrol Trooper on I-75 advised they checked a vehicle on Radar at over 100mph opposite of him heading northbound around the 333. Deputy Townsend, Pritchard, and Tunnel Hill Officer Byrd waited at exit 341 to look for the speeding vehicle. Deputy Townsend was checking vehicles at the 341 on-ramp, when he checked the 2020 Kia Optima’s speed at 103mph on his Dragon Eye laser. The deputy attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle finally came to a stop under the Tunnel Hill Road overpass. Deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Darryn Jovonn Fray, 31, of Fort Oglethorpe, who appeared sluggish, with red glassy eyes, and was sweating. When the deputy asked him for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, and his only response was that it was a rental car. The deputy also began smelling the odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. The deputy finally obtained his license checked him through NCIC. While doing this, another deputy advised that he located an open container in the passenger floorboard of the vehicle. Fray’s driver’s license also returned suspended through NCIC for implied consent refusal. In October, Fray was found DUI after several 911 calls about a vehicle stopped in the middle of I-75 in Whitfield County. Fray showed several clues of impairment during field sobriety tests. The deputy believed Fray to be under the influence of alcohol and asked if he would take a preliminary breath test. He refused to do so. Fray was arrested and read Georgia’s Implied Consent Notice for Suspects Age 21 or Over. Fray refused to take the state Administered chemical tests. During the vehicle inventory, the alcohol bottle that was initially located was removed from the vehicle. It was a 750ml bottle of 40% Alcohol, “Old Thompson American Whiskey”, the bottle was nearly empty, with approximately an inch of alcohol remaining inside of the bottle. Fray was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with speeding 103/70, driving while license suspended, DUI-driving under the influence of alcohol less safe, and open container violation.