NWGA Scanner | September 17th, 2022

Gwinnett County man arrested for DUI after attempting to swallow marijuana during road check in Floyd County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, On September 3rd, 2022, at 2:26 AM, TFC2 Terry was attending an approved road check on 3rd Street at 2nd Avenue in Floyd County, Georgia. A 2016 grey Nissan Rouge being driven by Nicholas Trent Clarno, 24, of Grayson, Gwinnett County, Georgia, approached the checkpoint at an unusually low rate of speed. Trooper Terry reported, “While [I] was motioning the vehicle to pull up, [I] noticed it failed to maintain its lane by crossing one of the center lines. [I] eventually walked up to the vehicle and, as the driver came to a stop, [I] requested his license. [I] noticed the driver was chewing heavily on something in his mouth. [I] noticed around his lips and in his lap a small amount of a green leafy substance. When the driver would try and speak, the strong odor of marijuana would emit from his breath. [I] advised him to quickly spit out the weed for his safety. My concern was that almost every street drug available, including marijuana, has the potential to have been laced with the very strong and dangerous drug Fentanyl. Upon advising the driver of this risk, he quickly spit out approximately 1 or 2 grams of marijuana on the ground.” Clarno became very apologetic and advised the trooper what he did was a very dumb idea. While talking with Clarno, the trooper noticed the mild odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath as well. His pupils were dilated, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. During field sobriety testing, Clarno showed several signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for DUI. Clarno refused a PBT and the state test. Clarno was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with failing to maintain a single lane and DUI.