NWGA Scanner | June 13th, 2022
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On May 29th, 2022, at 2:30 AM, Lt. Gibson observed a 2001 Gold Saturn traveling at a high rate of speed in the middle lane in the area of I-75 Northbound around mile marker 338. According to the report, “Lt. Gibson then observed the vehicle drift to the right to the extent that the vehicle was straddling the lane divider between the middle and right lane and then drifted back to the left side lane divider for the middle lane.” Lt. Gibson then conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identified as Charles White, 22, of Russellville, Kentucky. White explained to the deputy that he was trying to get back to Kentucky in order to make it there by the start of his little sister’s graduation. According to the report, “Mr. White also added that his little sister was going to kill him if he did not make it to her graduation. While speaking with Mr. White, Lt. Gibson observed that his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and he could detect the odor of fresh cologne and burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Lt. Gibson then asked Mr. White where he was coming from, and he stated that he was with some friends supporting a friend in a bowling competition in Marietta. Lt. Gibson asked Mr. White if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages prior to driving, and he stated that he had.” According to the report, White showed several signs of impairment and stated that he was not drunk, but he was very nervous. White stated that he only had “two cups of beer”. White stated he knew he was going fast, but he was just trying to get home. According to the report, “When Lt. Gibson got to the end, Mr. White stated, “Man, if that’s what I gotta do, then I’m definitely gonna fail it. I can’t even do that sober.” White then showed a .089 BAC on a PBT. White was placed under arrest for DUI and then refused the state test. Lt Gibson also found a recently smoked marijuana joint in the driver seat area. According to the report, “Once at the jail, Lt. Gibson advised Mr. White of his Miranda Warnings. Lt. Gibson explained to Mr. White that he was a Drug Recognition Expert meaning that he was trained and specialized in detecting impairment, and Mr. White responded by stating, “You did good!” Lt. Gibson informed Mr. White about the Drug Influence Evaluation, and Lt. Gibson asked Mr. White if he would be willing to participate in the evaluation. Mr. White stated, “I don’t want to participate… We both know what you saw… Negative”.” White was charged with DUI and failure to maintain a single lane.