NWGA Scanner | December 22nd, 2021
According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on December 9th, 2021, at around 8:13 PM, Officer Sangphim responded to a BOLO of a possible intoxicated driver who was driving on the wrong side of the road. Officer Sangphim reported, “[I] responded with lights and siren to the area (GA – 101 at the Polk County Line). Dispatch advised that the complainant was driving a white truck with his flashers on, and the suspect vehicle was a blue SUV. [I] observed the driver of a blue SUV (suspect vehicle) failing to maintain his lane of travel and appeared to be attempting to pass the complainant. Once [I] was behind the suspect vehicle, the driver attempted to pass the complainant in front of him, despite a police car displaying blue lights and a siren behind him. The complainant then pulled off to the side of the road, and the suspect vehicle proceeded past him and then turned into the EZ-Stop Gas Station. The suspect vehicle nearly collided with the gas pump and drove onto the raised concrete island of the gas pump. The driver came to a stop at the pump. The driver attempted to get out of his vehicle, [I] gave him a verbal command to sit back down and to close his door, and he complied.” The driver, who was identified as Tyler Jordan Brown, 26, of Hiram. The officer reported that Tyler’s speech and mannerisms were very lethargic, his eyes were watery, and blood shot. The officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Tyler’s person.
According to the report, “When Tyler exited his vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet, used his arms for balance.” When asked if he had smoked marijuana today, he stated yes. He then admitted that the marijuana was in a bag in his center console. Sgt. Wade had already observed a rolled blunt in plain view in the center console area and the odor of marijuana coming from Tyler’s vehicle. Officer Sangphim reported, “[I] then asked Tyler when he had last smoked marijuana, to which he stated “about an hour ago” in Marietta and then left. [I] then asked Tyler: “On a scale of 0 being you’re not high at all to 10 being the most stoned you’d ever been in your life, how high are you right now” to which Tyler replied: “About a 9”. Tyler then refused to perform some roadside evaluations to determine his sobriety and admitted to drinking three shots of Hennessey Cognac prior to driving. He also refused to submit to state testing. Sgt. Wade discovered and observed an opened / partially consumed Hennessey Cognac bottle and a partially consumed wine bottle in the passenger floorboard. There were two Styrofoam cups in the center console that appeared to be / smell of pineapple juice and the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Tyler was placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Floyd County Jail. Tyler was booked into the Jail charged with possession/distribution of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, DUI driving under the influence of multiple substances, failure to maintain lane, and open container.