NWGA Scanner | December 13th, 2021

Illinois semi driver arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned motorist on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on December 2nd, 2021, at approximately 8:13 PM, a BOLO was given out for a CMV failing to maintain its lane on I-75. According to the report, “While en route to the BOLO, the caller stated that the CMV had gone off the road and ran another vehicle off the road. Deputy Buchanan caught up to the CMV shortly before the 328 exit. Deputy Buchanan observed the CMV failed to maintain its lane multiple times and initiated a traffic stop. The CMV stopped just south of the 328 entrance ramp. Deputy Buchanan then made contact with the driver Ashley Jones, 36, of Flossmoor, Illinois. Deputy Buchanan reported that he could see that Jones was sweating heavily. According to the report, Jones had a very hard time getting his driver’s license and proof of insurance. Deputy Buchanan had Jones step back to the rear of the CMV for further questioning about his driving. According to the report, “While talking to Mr. Jones, Deputy Buchanan could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Jones person. Deputy Buchanan asked Mr. Jones if he had been drinking alcohol, and Mr. Jones stated that he had two kids and that he did not “f**k around,” indicating that he does not drink and drive. Deputy Buchanan then performed HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus). Deputy Buchanan observed 6 out of 6 clues lack of smooth pursuit, distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation, and the onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both Mr. Jones Eyes.” During the rest of the Field Sobriety Tests, Jones showed several clues of alcohol impairment. Jones stated that he had not been drinking and that no one had spilled a beverage on him. Deputy Findley talked to Jones co-driver Michael Michauxbey. He stated that he had been with Jones drinking the previous night. Michauxbey said their CMV was getting worked on, and they had separate rooms before they left. Michauxbey stated that they were heading to Florida currently, and Jones had been driving the entire time. According to the report, “Deputy Buchanan asked Mr. Jones to blow into Deputy Findley’s Alcosensor. Mr. Jones began to argue with Deputy Buchanan, and eventually, Deputy Buchanan asked Deputy Findley to put away the Alcosensor. At that point, Mr. Jones stated that he would take the test. Deputy Findley showed Mr. Jones that the machine read all zeros and then instructed him to blow. The Alco-Sensor then read 0.159. Deputy Buchanan then placed Mr. Jones under arrest for DUI.” The deputy read him the Georgia implied consent for commercial motor vehicles and asked for breath. Mr. Jones then stated no. Deputy Buchanan searched the cab and located five empty cans, four full cans, and a box that stated it was a 12 pack of Voodoo Ranger New Belgium IPA (12-ounce 7% Alcohol) cans. Jones was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, where he became very angry with Deputy Buchanan. Jones was charged with DUI alcohol, an open container of alcohol while operating the vehicle, and failure to maintain lane.